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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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  1. identicon
    Daria, 5 Feb 2012 @ 1:59am

    Re: SOPA/PIPA debate

    Dear Cynthia,
    when the law is abusive, breaking it is the right response. It's not ridiculous, it's common sense. I suppose that if there was a law saying that you can only eat steamed pink vegetables, you'd be saying that people who want to enjoy steak are ridiculous and whiny. Let them eat pink vegetables, damn it! And they better like it, too! Otherwise we'll put an amendment to the law, saying that enjoyment of pink vegetables is mandatory.

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