MPAA Gets Town To Turn Off Free Muni-WiFi Over Single Unauthorized Movie Download

from the the-internets-must-die dept

Dan alerts us to the news that the free muni-WiFi system used around the Coshocton’s County Courthouse in Northern Ohio was shut down over a complaint by the MPAA over a single unauthorized movie download. Amazingly, rather than admit that perhaps that was going a bit too far in punishing everyone in that town over a single individual's usage, the MPAA couldn't resist the opportunity to complain about the evils of movie piracy again. The MPAA doesn't seem concerned at all about the collateral damage, and just thinks that it's a good opportunity to push ahead with its misguided complaint against file sharing.

Filed Under: copyright, mpaa, muni-wifi, piracy, shut down, wifi
Companies: mpaa

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    geekrawker, 11 Nov 2009 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: This promotes buying?

    Sure, to ease the minds of industry shareholders...and for the MPAA's legal departments to justify there rates. If they found no instances of file sharing, or were unable to shutdown public infrastructures and throw old ladies in jail, there would be no reason to keep the legal vigilantes on payroll. Job Security anyone?

    As to the comments on Boycotting, ya that doesn't really work. Look how well the gas boycotts go each year. There are too many in the masses that don't care or are oblivious to the facts. I doubt our small group of tech heads would make much of an impact on the industry. I stopped buying movies and audio CDs in 2001 (with the exception of my favorites, probably just a few discs a year now). Plus i prefer to order direct from the artist or company when available, so at least they can associate the sale with a true fan, and all the malling lists perks like stickers, coozies, and pre-releases.

    I think it will take the death of the baby boom generation before we ever see any real reform with copyrights, IP, TM, and the Music and Movie industry. (Don't take that the wrong way dad)

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