George Lucas reveals his opposition to SOPA/PIPA

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is about to be re-released to theaters in 3D. However you may feel about the prequel trilogy to the Star Wars movie series, one still has to admire its creator, George Lucas. He has always been a maverick in the Hollywood movie industry, making movies and doing things his way, sometimes in opposition to the normal movie industry rules. He also runs against the film business grain when it comes to his views on the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lucas is asked point blank about his views on SOPA and PIPA and piracy of content in general. Lucas states:

Everybody wants movies, everybody wants television shows, and everybody wants digital media. It’s just up to the government to sit down with both sides and write a reasonable bill. I think what they’ve got now is a flawed bill, which is not unusual, but that’s all it is: sloppy legislation. Which has to be fixed.

Officially the votes on both SOPA and PIPA have been delayed indefinitely in the US Congress. However, there appears to be a more recent effort in the US Senate to revive at least some aspects of SOPA under a new bill that's supposed to be about cyber-security.

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coth said,
Sure a company that made hundreds of millions on overpriced products, especially latest SWTOR with robbing prices, do support SOPA/PIPA/ACTA.
http://s15.radikal.ru/i189/1202/9e/40122f23414f.png

op·po·si·tion/ˌäpəˈziSHən/
Noun:

1. Resistance or dissent, expressed in action or argument.
2. A group of adversaries or competitors, esp. a rival political party or athletic team.

Now that the lesson is out of the way....FAIL.

nekkidtruth said,
op·po·si·tion/ˌäpəˈziSHən/
Noun:

1. Resistance or dissent, expressed in action or argument.
2. A group of adversaries or competitors, esp. a rival political party or athletic team.

Now that the lesson is out of the way....FAIL.


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coth said,
Sure a company that made hundreds of millions on overpriced products, especially latest SWTOR with robbing prices, do support SOPA/PIPA/ACTA.
http://s15.radikal.ru/i189/1202/9e/40122f23414f.png

First read the article before commenting. Second, between $150 million and $200 million was spent DEVELOPING SWTOR and the game still costs the same as all of its counter parts. SWTOR was not a rip off and has set a new standard for attention to detail, game immersion, and overall game quality. You have no idea what you are talking about. This game was in no way priced to rob.

some people around the world dont have the money to spare on music, games, OSes and movies

i dont see how those people are criminals if they want to experience the same things as others

humans are equal, its not some's fault that they were born in poor countries

Saex_Conroy said,
some people around the world dont have the money to spare on music, games, OSes and movies

i dont see how those people are criminals if they want to experience the same things as others

humans are equal, its not some's fault that they were born in poor countries

Watching a movie or playing a video game is hardly a right...they can make their own music.

schubb2003 said,

Watching a movie or playing a video game is hardly a right...they can make their own music.

you make it sound so easy, try making some games/music/movies then come back and edit your comment

Saex_Conroy said,

you make it sound so easy, try making some games/music/movies then come back and edit your comment

It isn't a human right.

Shadrack said,

It isn't a human right.

Irrelevant, poor people in 2nd world countries will continue to download pirated games, movies, TV shows and music. IT's hardly lost revenue since they can't afford to buy it in the first place.

what said,
Good way to get himself in the news. Pity the film is crap.

The film isn't crap. 3D doesn't mean ****, but the film is awesome.

George wouldn't have been able to resell the same 3 movies 9 times under SOPA/PIPA because the fans wouldn't be able to put up derivative works which drive the lore behind the franchise.

I bet he would support it if there was a provision which required him to remaster his entire life's work every time the physical media changed.

dotf said,
George wouldn't have been able to resell the same 3 movies 9 times under SOPA/PIPA because the fans wouldn't be able to put up derivative works which drive the lore behind the franchise.

I bet he would support it if there was a provision which required him to remaster his entire life's work every time the physical media changed.

Yea that is not true. He gave permission to fans to do it so your statement is false. That is what copyright is all about. Giving the person who owns the copyright the right to grant/deny someone the ability to copy/redistribute it.

ILikeTobacco said,
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However the current bill would allow agencies who aren't even the copyright holder to cry fowl and have the offending DNS entries removed.

dotf said,

However the current bill would allow agencies who aren't even the copyright holder to cry fowl and have the offending DNS entries removed.

LOL now you are just making things up. Did you ever even read SOPA/PIPA? The copyright holder has to make the complain. Nobody else could unless given explicit permission from the copyright holder. Stop spreading false information.

IP in every other case is protected by the actual owner and left to the free-market. If Government is now allowed to come in and protect things for people we're going to have huge trouble and a destruction of liberty. The free-market designs fences and ticket booths for movie theaters- we don't need Government doing these things. We have a Senator Orrin Hatch- who says the Government should be BLOWING UP computers without due process, check it:

http://www.dethronehatch.com/o...-no-friend-of-the-internet/

Piracy is a joke. There has never been a legitimate study that identified actual loss of sales due to piracy. The whole damages argument is completely bunk. Until we can put a price tag on piracy, any bill that seeks to "protect" me from the big bad pirates can consider itself sunk. /tangentover

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