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
    Matthew, 8 Dec 2006 @ 7:29am

    Re: Adapt or Die

    First Off... Kodak (when digital imaging first started) just bought polaroid, and was hit HARD by the digital revolution. they had put a lot of effort into making money on instant pictures, and nearly had the market on it. now any company with the tech could sell a digital camera, and Kodak was up a creek. They have recovered, but are nowhere near the industry leader they were a decade ago.

    also, every comsumer pays for marketing costs on products? why do a base model sony DVD player cost $20 bucks more than a generic one? marketing costs mostly, i'd hazzard a guess that they are nearly identical on the inside.

    the distribution costs of web is actually astounding. advertising to find oen site on this HUGE interweb, the bandwidth to allow for a truly popular band to be downloaded by millions simultaneously. Ask any web admin how much a server crash costs a company who relies on their website as a digital storefront. we're talking $1,000 per minute of downtime. Everyone can find their local Best Buy. These an easy sell from a distribution standpoint.

    while I agree with the rolling sentiment that there needs to be a change in practice with copyright and digital IP, these things take time. it may only take a few years for a company with a few thousand workers to change, but a country with millions in population has a lot to think about when they are enacting new governing rules. small steps people. and reguardless of the "copyright law", are any of you currently involved in "piracy" going to change your behavior?

    Didn't think so.

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