by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 14th 2011 3:07pm
Ron Rezendes points us to a story about how a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member is pleading guilty to a single count of criminal copyright infringement for uploading screener copies of some movies that he only had access to because he was a SAG member. I still think it's a little silly that this is a criminal complaint rather than a civil complaint, but that's an issue with the law itself. What strikes me as a more important point concerning this story is the simple fact that it's a SAG actor doing the leaking. This is a lot more common than people realize. The MPAA keeps insisting that there are "evil pirates" out there trying to harm actors and others in the industry. But what that ignores is that time and time again studies have shown that a large percentage of these leaks come from actors or others in the industry. Insider leaks are a key source of such content. This doesn't make it right, or legal, or anything like that. I'm merely pointing out the whole "us vs. them" mentality pushed by the MPAA is inaccurate and misleading. Very often the "them" the MPAA wants to blame are the very people they claim they're trying to help.
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