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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    LiLWiP, 24 Jan 2006 @ 10:40am

    Re: HAIL!

    From TFA...


    "You can't make a copy as a general matter, but you can if you meet several tests," said Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School. It helps the MPAA, Lemley said, that it is not selling the copy of "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" for commercial gain.

    Dick "is right to say you can't make a single copy unless you have a legitimate defense," Lemley said. "But it seems that in this case, [the MPAA] may have a legitimate defense."

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    I would think that you would have to have a court approval for something like this? It violates the law...

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