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MPAA sees no issues with Internet censorship

Posted at 19 November 2010 19:49 CET by Randomus

The anti-piracy DNS blacklist bill recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, as the RIAA and MPAA continue to find new methods to combat Internet piracy. A recent op-ed published by the MPAA offers a unique look into how the movie copyright group tries to battle piracy — and a flawed perspective on modern piracy.

MPAA interim CEO Bob Pisano wrote an op-ed for that discusses methods of combating online theft. The piece has numerous statements aimed at promoting the MPAA’s view, with an emphasis on how detrimental Internet piracy can be to copyright holders.

The full letter can be found here. Techdirt did an excellent job debunking different statements made by Pisano. Of note, Pisano starts his letter by discussing “rogue sites” that “exist” only for making profits using stolen copyrighted material to share with followers.

It’s ironic he would start the op-ed with such an asinine statement, as the majority of pirated material downloaded and shared over the Internet is available for free. Furthermore, some sites mentioned by the MPAA to the government also don’t use a for-pay method to share content, although donations and advertising can be used to pay hosting and other costs.

Instead of targeting individual file sharers, the MPAA has worked with lawmakers to try and find wider sweeping methods.

For example, the MPAA’s support of the controversial Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) has continued, while copyright groups deflect criticism of the bill.

First proposed in September, COICA would give the DoJ an “expedited process” to deal with websites found to distribute copyrighted materials. The anti-piracy bill was put on hold in early October, because there were concerns related to Internet censorship and possible long-term legal ramifications from the bill.

The bill has now passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the RIAA and MPAA both applauding the effort.

Specifically, there is concern the US Attorney General could easily shutdown websites with questionable content after an official complaint is filed in local court.

Even if COICA ran into a permanent roadblock, the US government already has one back-up plan ready to crackdown on piracy as they try to get ISP’s to voluntarily censor the Internet.

As the MPAA and other copyright trade groups look for ways to combat piracy, their level of desparation continues to grow at a rapid pace. Pisano’s op-ed clearly illustrates a much-needed reality check is in order, but heavy political lobbying continues to alter the changing war on piracy.

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There are 6 comments

MyCE Resident
Posted on: 19 Nov 10 23:51
    Re: The Title. Big surprise.
    Blown to smitherines
    Posted on: 20 Nov 10 14:49
      If the RIAA/MPAA spent a fraction of the money ( that they've spent on legalese, lobbying politicians and infringing liberties) reducing the price of their products or improving the quality, their customer base wouldn't be so eroded, and perhaps they wouldn't be so desperate
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 20 Nov 10 16:31
        Just what we need for the gov. to start controlling the internet (in the US). I don't know why anyone would pay for movies and music as their donations go to "bigger government".

        I am not saying you should steal them, but don't support them at all - most of it's crap anyway
        Posted on: 20 Nov 10 20:04
          and we thought it was a mess when Hollywood was shoving cocaine up the DJ'd noses in the old payola they shove money up politician's noses and look what wer are getting...
          New Member
          Posted on: 27 Dec 10 08:29
            I have personally talked to members of many popular bands and most of them have no problem with shared music that is called "Pirated" if this is so, then why is the RIAA so worried about it?? This is because the RIAA is who makes most of the money through record sales. The artist makes very little, the artist makes money through memorabilia and concerts for the most part. True story, meaning the RIAA are just a bunch of greedy b*****ds that claim to be working for the artists that's a load of bull. Not saying stealing is right, but if I didn't share music with my friends i would never go to concerts and that's how I support the artists of my choice because at least I know some of my money will go in their pockets, you know the one's who really deserve it the ARTISTS! I know this is more about music than movies, but it's all about the same thing and its all terrible...
            Mr. Belvedere
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 27 Dec 10 10:08
              I see no issue censoring the MPAA forever.

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