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. identicon
    Milton Freewater, 1 Aug 2012 @ 6:11pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    "He believes they deserve to be subjected to piracy"

    Wrong x 4

    "Believes" - wrong. He KNOWS that disseminating information without permission is the only thing the Internet does. he knows that laws requiring permission are oppressive, either explicitly or (like SOPA/PIPA) inherently.

    "deserve" - wrong. They ARE dealing with alternative distribution problems because they produce digital goods, which have no value beyond access.

    "Subjected to" - wrong. They DEAL WITH alternative distribution concerns because they distribute digital media. These days, anyone in media has deliberately chosen to go into this business knowing how you make money and how people will access the work you handle. Don't let a couple of bad decisions by a couple of judges fool you into thinking Dumb and Dumber style "So you're saying there's a chance of making this all go away."

    "piracy" - wrong. As David Lowery made clear a month ago, old-school distributors and artists are concerned about ALTERNATIVE ACCESS, their customers' dwindling interest in paying for media by the piece. The legality of what they do instead is irrelevant, and the difference between bootlegging stolen master tapes and making a mix CD is irrelevant to them. The RIAA's recent graphic made that clear.

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