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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  1. identicon
    Flipside, 4 Dec 2006 @ 9:00pm

    Follow the leader

    It's not really following the leader, but following the money. How much does an artist make off of a cd when it sells at retail? Not much. Most of their money will come out of endorsements and live performances. The major amount goes to the label. Now, they do have a lot of people that work for them that depend on getting their small piece of that cd sale for making it possible to buy it.
    Then the definition of piracy needs to be reworked. Moving a piece of media from one type to another should be perfectly allowed. There should be no problem with downloading a cd that you have purchased a hard copy of that got scratched and made unusable.
    What is fun, is that eventually this type of action will result in a fall of this industry. Hopefully, the only people left standing will be the true artists that would play music no matter what, and they will be justly rewarded for it.

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