Movie Industry

by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
censorship, congress, hollywood, ice

mpaa, nbc universal

Congress Proposes Giving Another $10 Million To ICE To Censor More Websites For Hollywood

from the not-cool dept

Ever wonder how many of your tax dollars are going to the federal government censoring music blogs based on no real evidence, but just the say so of the RIAA and MPAA? Well, in the newly proposed Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, just introduced in the Senate by Mary Landrieu, the federal government would like to set aside the following for the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) unit that is in charge of being Hollywood's private law enforcement wing:
Provided further, That not less than $10,000,000 shall be available for investigation of intellectual property rights violations, including the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination
Yup. At least $10 million of your hard earned dollars may be going to ICE to help them continue to be Hollywood's private police force, censoring websites without evidence. This is for just one year. You'd think with that kind of money, ICE could actually hire its own actors for the PSAs it's been putting on censored sites, rather than "pirating" a video put together by NBC Universal.

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    bob, 24 May 2012 @ 9:53am

    Re: Re: This is not censorship

    Oh, that hasn't been true for more than a decade now. Get a clue. Amazon, Apple and others have been helping people self publish since the first Internet boom.

    The only so-called suits that are left in the business are ones that are adding real value to the product. Artists often aren't great marketing geniuses and 99% of the people I've met who've drank Mike's Kool-Aid go crawling back to the suits with their tail between their legs. Selling is hard work and the suits earn their money.

    The vision of a suit leeching off of artists is just an easy rationalization by the P2P crowd. Ask yourself this: how has Courtney Love's career gone since she told those nasty suits to shove it? I bet her music career has been stellar since got rid of those leeches, right?

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