MPAA's Double Standard: It's Allowed To Copy Movies

from the fair-use-is-okay-for-those-in-power dept

This very well might be a publicity stunt, as the Motion Picture Association of America accuses, but even if that's the case there are some worthwhile points in the fact that the MPAA is now being accused of making unauthorized copies of a movie. The movie in question is the documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," which has already received plenty of publicity for its look behind the scenes at the MPAA rating process. The MPAA's response (other than calling it a publicity stunt) suggests the double standard it holds. They seem to feel that, because they're the MPAA, different rules apply: "We made a copy of Kirby's movie because it had implications for our employees." Funny, but we don't think that excuse would work for anyone sued by the MPAA for copying a movie themselves. As the article points out, the MPAA's own website very clearly states: "Manufacturing, selling, distributing or making copies of motion pictures without the consent of the copyright owners is illegal... Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple... ALL forms of piracy are illegal and carry serious legal consequences." Also, this is the same group that was allowed to go into schools and tell children "if you haven't paid for it, you've stolen it." What about fair use? Well, Jack Valenti, head of the MPAA for many years, used to famously say that fair use does not exist. Apparently, he meant for other people.

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    erbbysam, 24 Jan 2006 @ 11:22am

    not suprised

    I'm not really suprised that the MPAA has a felling of "I'm the big man and can make all the copies that I want too" becuase that's what the rest of the world is doing. They are a typical government policy "monger" that try to control what people do in their houses.
    They only catch people who are stupid enough to get caught. I'm only 16 and there are kids that I know in my town and surrounding towns that have downloaded music and movies strait through napster to today. Anybody with half a brain and a mouse can find it all over the internet. The government should be working to make it harder to get to by shutting down these illigle websites and not going after the kid who wants to see "charlie and the chocolate factory".
    Professor HighBrow is right on the money.
    The MPAA even comes out and says that some of there information on there kids website: http://www.copyrightkids.org/ might not be right. Click on the "Legal Disclamer" down at the bottom.

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