MPAA Home Theater Regulation Satire Hits Too Close To Home

from the it's-funny-because-it's-true dept

We've had a ton of submissions yesterday and today over BBSpot's article on how the MPAA is lobbying for home theater regulations. According to the article, consumer electronics makers would be required to put technology into their systems that would record what was being watched and details on the "audience," suggesting that having friends over to watch a movie on your home theater system is a violation of copyright. Of course, if you follow tech news closely, you're already aware that BBSpot is the technology equivalent of The Onion. That is, all of its articles are satire. We ignored the early submissions, but they just keep on coming -- and some of the submitters seem genuinely freaked out about it. This morning, Slashdot also posted the story as if it were real (Update: or not -- commenters have pointed out that Slashdot posted it as satire too), at which point we realized why this particular satire works so well: it's totally, 100% believable. Given everything that the MPAA and RIAA have done recently, no one would be surprised if they actually did try to put in place regulations like this. They've certainly tried (and will continue to try) to influence the design of consumer electronics, with things like the broadcast flag, and they continue to freak out at any market shift that doesn't involve them getting paid every time a piece of content is heard or watched. So, while it's not true that the MPAA is looking to punish you for having your friends over, it's so believable that even a well-known satire site is fooling people left and right.

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    Cyberian, 4 Dec 2006 @ 6:03am

    Adapt or Die

    Their problem is that they are trying to hold tight to a model that they know its exhausted, and they hold like a drowning man to a piece of drifting wood, no matter how much the hold, their model is done for.

    Look at kodak... made billions making and selling photo films, they had it photos come up...and did they start winning about it? nope...they adapted and they are still up (No i dont work for kodak).

    Why must the user pay for THEIR marketing expenses? the RIAA, the MPAA pay billons in marketing, famous actors, billboards, TV ads, magazines, Tons of things... why should WE pay for those? cause we are paying for those now, they add them to their expenses and say...look a CD costs as THIS much (Holing my hands REALLY apart) when the real cost is WAAAAAAAY less, the marketing is their investment to sell more, so it should come from THEIR earnings, are their earnings not enough? then cut out costs you D%$M F$%#S.

    They whine... they say...the artists are the ones that are loosing money! the music will cease to exist....Music IS, WAS and will be, nothing can stop that, the only one loosing money here are them, and they translate that loss to the artists...

    The truth is, that right now, with digital music the only thing that they provide is marketing, there are NO distribution or logistic costs in Inet distribution, Tons of Indy Bands are doing that, the only thing they are missing are billboards, reach...and im sure someone will provide that soon enough...

    DRM? any kind of DOOMED to fail, just like zones in DVDs, just like any kind of security imposition, the fight between the sword and the shield is ALLWAYS won by the sword eventually.

    They only have one game left to play...


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