Is This Real? Is This Recall? MPAA Hosts Screening Of Total Recall To 'Educate' Congress On 'Benefits' Of IP Protection

from the is-that-real?-do-you-recall? dept

It's been said that Hollywood is completely out of ideas, and all it does these days is the same thing over and over again. That seems to be the case both on the policy front and with its movies. So how perfect is it that the MPAA's gift-of-the-month to Congress is a showing of the remake of the movie Total Recall? As we noted in our post about the MPAA's special showing of the latest Batman flick, to get around breaking gift giving guidelines, the MPAA includes a special "educational component," before its movies, which somehow makes it okay. We heard from attendees of the Batman showing that (amazingly) no mention of copyright or piracy issues was made in the "educational" component. Rather it was a presentation about the Natural History Museum and how it was doing things with IMAX, as well as a Time Warner presentation about its online offerings like HBO GO, TV Everywhere and Ultra Violet.

However, this month, the MPAA will more directly address the copyright issue, as you can see in the invite below, where they note the "educational" component will be about "the impact of film in the global economy and the benefit of IP protection to global trade."
As the tagline of the movie says, "Is it real? Is it recall?" One has to imagine that the "educational" content will be particularly one sided, and I'd question how "real" the lesson will be. The stats that the MPAA is fond of throwing out are rarely anywhere close to reality. The presentation almost certainly won't "recall" the fact that due to the MPAA's own ridiculously extreme position on "IP protection" in "global trade," the ACTA agreement has more or less killed the agreement (at least for the majority of Europe).

If Congress wants an educational lesson on the role of IP and international trade, they might want to "recall" that the MPAA is just about the last place to go to get any sense of "reality."

Filed Under: congress, education, ip, screenings, total recall, trade negotiations
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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Aug 2012 @ 12:41pm

    ENOUGH, MASNICK!

    Damn it all! You Keep conflating your sainted "Congress" with anything that gives a bloody damn about "We The People".

    And don't give me this bs about the 5 people in it that actually seem to care. Acting lessons are cheap.

    When will you finally concede that the US government system (like most government systems) is totally corrupted by greed and totally broken?

    Isn't the huge failure of Obama to accomplish jack for any normal human proof enough? He might be better than Romney (then again, so is a steaming pile of dog turd), but the system was destroyed by greed long ago and even Albert Einstein couldn't fix it (especially by whining)!

    It's well past time to get rid of them ALL, not time to act all naive and hope bought and paid-for subhumans change their stripes.

    IT'S OVER AND IT'S TIME TO CLEAN THE SLATE AND START AGAIN!

    Put you efforts there and stop bitching about how the bad guys have control if you aren't going to do anything about it.

    That isn't going to be fixed by whining about greed to the greedy and naively hoping they'll change their ways!

    Grow a pair and DO something or shut up!

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