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by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
pipa, sopa, students

Companies:
paramount, viacom



Paramount Wants To Talk To Students About How They're All Thieves & Then Ask For Ideas On What To Do

from the still-not-getting-it dept

As Hollywood struggles to come up for breath and understand the nature of what hit them last month in the SOPA/PIPA debate, it appears they're still thinking that part of this is an "education" issue -- and if they could just tell young people how evil file sharing is that everything would be good. A whole bunch of folks have been passing on variations on the news that Paramount Pictures (owned by Viacom -- one of the major backers of SOPA/PIPA) wants to go talk to college kids. A bunch of universities received:
"an overnight fedex letter from Paramount expressing the extent to which they are ‘humbled’ and ‘surprised’ by the extent of the public reaction to SOPA/PIPA and asking to come to campus to talk to faculty and students about “content theft, its challenges, and possible ways to address it."
Paramount specifically asks to give a "formal presentation followed by an open discussion period or to participate in a class session." First of all, actually having open discussions would be a good first step, because that's been lacking in this whole debate. But, I'm not sure starting off that conversation by referring to copyright infringement as "content theft" is the best way to kick things off. I know that the industry has chosen "content theft" as its moral panic phrase of the year, after they realized that the people they'd unfairly branded as "pirates" had taken back that phrase and turned it to their own advantage.

Why not hold a truly open discussion in which everyone can participate and talk about ideas as to the true nature of the problem? That discussion is happening every day out there on the "wild west" of the internet, if only the folk at the studios actually wanted to join in. Perhaps if they did so, they wouldn't be so terrified of the internet.

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    xenomancer (profile), 3 Feb 2012 @ 6:35pm

    Hooray for Paramount!

    My first thought was "wow Paramount finally broke down and decided to tap into the collective creativity of college students." I mean, now that they've given in to the dark side and admitted they're stealing, we can have a real conversation! My guess is that the first thing on the agenda will be a Q&A about how to use contracts to obfuscate unconscionable business practices... and maybe a followup on successfully lying to clients and courts. I imagine the finale will be the lecture on how to purchase a senator (there's to many representatives to merit their price).

    Oh, shit, I completely forgot to read the article. Damn, it looks like they just took aim at their feet again. And I had such a wonderful moment of brief recognition of (who was that again... ah, yes) Parmanut's public integrity.

    /sarc

    Honestly, it would be hilarious if they were filmed getting booed off the campus...

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