MPAA Explains Why It's Okay To Tie Federal Funds To Blocking File Sharing

from the because-we-say-so,-dammit dept

While Congress' new bill on education funding may not be as bad as some are making it out to be, it still seems quite questionable that Congress appears to be regulating the idea that universities need to do the kind of marketing and educational campaigns that the recording industry cannot. We've asked supporters of the bill to explain how it could possibly make sense to mandate such things, and the MPAA's top lawyer, Fritz Attaway, has given his answer, claiming that it's because the internet is "used primarily to allow college students to traffic in infringing content," while being subsidized by gov't funds. It would be nice if Attaway or someone else at the MPAA could actually back up the claim that the primary use of the internet by students is infringement. While I wouldn't doubt that it's a popular use, to say that it's the primary use is hard to believe -- unless you count things like visiting Facebook pages, using Google and sending emails as "infringement." At the same time, this doesn't seem to support the reasons for this bill. After all, many kids on college campuses own cars -- and I'd imagine that most of those students break the speed limit frequently enough. Yet, we don't see any bills being proposed in Congress that would prevent financial aid funding unless universities start handing out more speeding tickets and put in place plans to offer public transportation. So why should they do that for copyright infringement?

Filed Under: congress, copyright, fritz attaway, mpaa, music, subscriptions, universities
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    TheEndIsNear, 21 Nov 2007 @ 7:59am

    MPAA's death throes

    MPAA and RIAA are dying. Their licensing model is obsolete. Their current attempts are the equivalent of gas light manufacturers asking congress to ban the use of electricity. Anyone can go out and purchase "enabling" technologies at the local electronics store for under $500. And even if they convince congress to take truly, fascistly draconian measures to stop piracy in the USA the reach of these laws will end at the US border. If I were them, I'd fire the lawyers and put my remaining funds into reinventing my industry to promote live entertainment (which by definition cannot be downloaded) and renegotiating contracts for lower rates on published content. People like easy. Make your content cheap and easy to acquire legally and most won't bother to steal it.

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