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U.S. soldiers buying pirated movies has MPAA worried

Posted at 19 May 2010 00:24 CET by Randomus

A newly declassified document released by the United States Central Command indicates the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) asked military officers to crack down on soldiers purchasing pirated goods in Iraq.

The MPAA received its answer — and a reason behind the decision — with Central Command disclosing it isn’t worth the negative impact on local businesses.

“No….banning our troops from visiting these shops would have the unwelcome secondary effect of harming Iraqi entrepreneurs selling legitimate goods,” TorrentFreak learned.

Specifically, soldiers are unable to buy and sell pirated material on U.S. military bases — but will not be prohibited from purchasing these products from local shops.  Furthermore, it seems more plausible that the MPAA and other copyright groups should provide ways for soldiers to access legal content.

It’s not uncommon to find pirated and stolen goods in the markets in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this is the first time a copyright trade group has become involved.

I’ve had Marine friends who were stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan mention they enjoy going to these markets the same way American tourists purchase pirated goods while in China.  It’s the easiest way for them to purchase music and movies that they otherwise don’t have access to — unless the products are sent to them.

TorrentFreak chatted with a “military insider” who noted they’ve sent letters to the MPAA and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in an effort to get them to provide a fair way for soldiers to receive content while deployed overseas.  When the work day is done for soldiers, they have very little to do to stay entertained – which makes it even more likely they’re going to purchase pirated goods.

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MyCE Member
Posted on: 19 May 10 00:54
    I'd love to see the RIAA and MPAA suing the US Army. That will make my day.
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 19 May 10 01:07
      I guess it is not enough for the MPAA that these military people give their blood and, too often, their lives. Now they want the money out of their wallets while they fight a war. These people from the RIAA and MPAA are absolutely pathetic, IMO.
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 19 May 10 04:20
        Holy Crap.. the MPAA/RIAA doesn't care about find innovative ways to get their products to customers who are willing to pay. They just want to stop piracy (but offer no solutions).

        And they're going after people who risk their lives... buy movies/music in a country where there's probably few legitimate means.. ugh...

        Why does the industry need these clowns? They seems like a useless middlemen who just takes their cut between the artists and the customers?
        MyCE Senior Member
        Posted on: 19 May 10 10:01
          If the MPAA gets too sue happy they find find a bunch of marines in downtown Hollyweird knocking on their door with loaded guns.
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 19 May 10 18:20
            The MPAA has no shame. What a terrible organization...
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 19 May 10 19:23
              I don't think there's anything in the UCMJ about copyright infringement . . . is there?
              MyCE Rookie
              Posted on: 21 May 10 08:57
                NOTE. you can buy pirated movies anywhere in the world....from $ $10 ....its like the golden triangle....they can deliver anywhere in the world .... the world is getting smaller stop the crapp.... and the are destroying something they call passes time in the funny country. D-HEADS.

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