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MPAA Exec Admits: 'We're Not Comfortable With The Internet'

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#16 ITFiend



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Posted 28 January 2012 - 19:22

The MPAA has always been against technology. This goes back to cassette tapes and video tapes and the user ability to record/copy. What really freaked them out is when congress passed the Audio and Video Recording act of 1992 which stated that copying for personal use and sharing was OK, but making many copies and selling them was not OK.

Then you had the DMCA which tried to break those copying mechanisms. SOPA/PIPA was the next step in the MPAA/RIAA trying to trample everyone's rights to their own personal belongings. Not to mention they wanted to crush amateur creativity because they see it as competition.

Here is a lovely timeline. This industry has for its entire lifespan been slow, deaf, and dumb.

TED best explains why SOPA/PIPA is primarily being crafted to destroy all competition from amateur sources and more:

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 19:34

If those MPAA douches aren't happy with the net then get a friggin better job.

#18 Growled


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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:24

I'm not comfortable with the MPAA. Can they just go away now?

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:33

I'm not comfortable with the MPAA. Can they just go away now?

Sure. All you need to do is beat them in their brib... lobbying game.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:37

If face-palms was not so gay I'd give 10

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:21

... This was a fight on a platform we're not at this point comfortable with, and we were going up against an opponent that controls that platform."

There's your problem. Why even fight it? Why not just accept the internet as it is, and adapt to it. THIS IS WHY EVERYBODY HATES YOU. If you approached the internet with an open mind, and some fresh ideas, you'd have been lauded (well, maybe not) for innovating on a new platform and bringing us original content in a new and excitingly convenient way. Instead, you come to our internet with your war machine, accuse us all of being evil pirates, and want to turn it into your internet where you can control the flow of information, suppress competition, and stifle innovation on a massive scale.

Your outdated methodology of artificial scarcity (copyright) doesn't work in a world where there is (by definition) no scarcity. But instead of accepting this and innovating around the issue, you use your money to exploit corrupt politicians to get your own way and try to censor and otherwise break the internet.

The fact that services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify exist and continue to make decent profits should be evidence enough that most of us are not inherently out to take your content without paying for it, but when you punish us for using legitimate services, why should we bother? When was the last time a pirate saw the anti-piracy bull**** on a movie they downloaded? When was the last time a pirate had to call tech support to reinstall his computer game? When was the last time a pirate had to install a rootkit to put his new CD album onto his mp3 player? Never, never and never respectively. Many of us stopped illegally downloading content as soon as these streaming services came along. Spotify and iTunes have vastly reduced music piracy by making legal music downloads easy and cheap to access. Netflix and Hulu (in the USA only until recently) will also have reduced piracy for the same reasons.

Your war on the internet falls on deaf ears mainly because your companies (in the movie, game and music industries) all made record profits last year. You're not suffering from piracy, not even close, and if you were, we still wouldn't listen because the great thing about the internet is that it's the perfect adapt-or-die world. If you can't adapt and compete, then you will not survive. You however seem to think that you're exempt from this because it doesn't suit your anti-consumer business model, and so you want to break our internet through censorship and control, and frankly, we won't let you. If you try, we'll just take our ball, and play somewhere else, and you still won't be invited.

Get. a. Clue.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:09

I think too many companies are refusing to adapt their business model to the new era of technology. The USPS is a great example of this. They're bleeding money, partly because if you don't change with the times you get left behind.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:14

Must've discovered "Youporn" some stuff there is just wrong....