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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  1. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 1 Aug 2012 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Sounds like you, Mike, and the rest of the pirate apologists who populate this site want to have it both ways. In this case, movies are valuable enough that they should be treated as an unethical gift because they will undoubtedly corrupt a congressman or his staff.

    Not what we said. What we said was that giving a Senator a *ROLE* in a movie that he's obsessed with and which he wants a role in, is giving him a gift, possibly in violation of Senate ethics rules.

    In all other contexts, however, the movie industry makes worthless content that doesn't merit any sort of respect or protection online. So which is it?

    Have never made any such claim, so it's good to see that the best you can do is lie about us. We think many movies are quite valuable. In fact, we've said that many times, and have shown how smart content creators are able to capitalize on that value. But being valuable does not mean that you should have the ability to take away rights of the public just because you can't figure out how to put in place a reasonable business model.

    Figures that you can't actually attack what we say, but rather make up completely fictitious strawmen.

    By the way, who do you work for?

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