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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    OneTimePoster, 6 Dec 2006 @ 6:48pm

    The article notwithstanding...

    You all talk big, like you're actually informing the RIAA et al that they're going down, and that DRM of any kind will fail, and proposing your ideal scenarios of what should be legal or illegal. But deep down...

    You. Know.

    You know you'll suck whatever teet they throw at you, and you'll be damn thankful for it. You accept "American Idol" and "Celebrity Duets" - there's proof. They KNEW you were stupid enough to choke that garbage down, believing it was/is music, and they were right.

    They KNOW you'll take what they give you because you have no control of it. They have all the money and power, and you KNOW you're powerless to do anything about it. If not conciously, then subconciously - you'll break down and get that CD of that band that came out because of that one hit they just had. You'll think, "bah, just this once." And bang! You proved them right again.

    Whenever you walk out of that music store, think to yourself, "I'm an idiot."

    Then you'll know what goes on in the RIAA's collective brain cell.

    The DMCA? Please. Does that sound like "for the people, by the people"? It doesn't to me, and I'm not even American. Maybe you have to NOT HAVE SOMETHING in order to know how important it is.

    I think Brian Briggs did us a disservice of giving the RIAA, etc., this idea, but it was funny when I read how many people fell for it in his blog. Maybe he DIDN'T give them this idea... after all, HDCP is here. There's Step 1.

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