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MPAA Vice President to Brazilian pirates: Stealing is wrong, period

Posted at 22 April 2011 10:00 CET by Justin_Massoud

Defending its global battle against piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America sent vice president Greg Frazier to Brazil this week to speak on how content theft affects companies and creativity. The executive took a ‘zero tolerance’ stance on piracy, even as a Brazilian reporter asked the hard questions.

TorrentFreak surmised that Frazier’s trip was likely a bridge building mission after past issues between the organization and former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, among them a photo of the ex-leader with The Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde.

Much has changed since that picture was snapped: Sunde was sentenced last year to an eight-month stint in prison for his part in operating the illicit Swedish site, and Lula’s successor Dilma Rousseff – Brazil’s first female president – took office on New Year’s Day this year.

However, piracy in South America continues unabated even as many citizens face more serious issues than which Hollywood blockbusters to illegally view.

Frazier was unswayed by a point broached by Folha reporter Diógenes Muniz, that if a large percentage of a population is struggling just to survive, copyright violations are the least of their concerns.

“Even if you battle to put food on your plate, it is immoral to steal,” said Frazier according to the translation.

Discussing Creative Commons, Frazier pointed out that the MPAA and CC supporters don’t always see eye-to-eye. “They don’t always agree with what we advocate. And you are talking about democratizing culture, this is not in our interests,” he admitted. “It really isn’t my interest.”

On the other hand, Frazier sees piracy as a direct threat to creativity and culture: “If you do not believe in the value of creativity, the importance of protecting it and the need to reward those who produce, then maybe you can justify piracy. But in that case you’ll be doing great harm to culture.”

Last month a study found that stricter anti-piracy laws would have little effect on the amount of worldwide piracy, citing the exorbitant cost of software in countries like Brazil as a motivating factor behind the crime. (Folha via TorrentFreak)

There are 5 comments

MyCE Member
Posted on: 22 Apr 11 16:53
    Hey Mr. MPAA, why don't you tell your Hollywood buddies we don't give a rats ass about piracy. Maybe if you didn't pay all those whores of industry too much money, then movies would be cheaper and people might go see them. Also, come up with some original ideas. Colin Farrel to redo Total Recall? Would have probably been better to get Will Ferrell. It was bad enough I had to pay money to see sucky movies 20 years ago. Now you want me to pay twice as much to see the same? Go away, thanks for nothing.
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 22 Apr 11 18:06
      Also, don't hire a POS politician (i.e. Christopher Dodd) to run your operation that stole from the taxpayers for DECADES and then preach to us about ethics! He is so slimy that he couldn't win re-election in Delaware. The guy should be sitting in a jail cell.
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 22 Apr 11 19:17
        “Even if you battle to put food on your plate, it is immoral to steal,” said Frazier according to the translation.

        Glad to see he is sympathetic to the Brazilian peoples' crucial problems! Obligatory reminder that not everyone agrees with the MPAA's definition of "stealing".
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 22 Apr 11 20:22
          So I guess the MPAA wants their money even if it results in people starving to death? Dodd found a good home.
          MyCE Rookie
          Posted on: 23 Apr 11 05:12
            Frazier is a media-outlet-money-slapped BITCH. Period.

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