MPAA threatens to cut off Google HQ

For years, the MPAA has been sending notifications to users who illegally download their movies via the Internet. The general course of action is to hire a company to track down users who infringe on the MPAA’s copyrights, send a letter to the offenders ISP, and request that the message be sent to the actual offending user. The letter contains the title of the alleged infringement, the day and time that the company detected the activity, as well as the users IP address, port, and protocol information.

According to TorrentFreak, the MPAA has sent multiple letters to Google headquarters with information on employees who have allegedly downloaded movies via BitTorrent. These users are accused of downloading copyrighted material from within the company and according to the letters that the MPAA sends out, they are within their rights to have the users ISP shutdown Internet access for the offenders – thus taking Google offline.

“Copyright infringement also violates your ISP’s terms of service and could lead to limitation or suspension of your Internet service. You should take immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal activities,”

The chances of anything actually happening to Google are virtually zero, but at least the MPAA offers Google (and other violators) helpful step by step instructions on how to avoid violating copyright law. After all, you wouldn’t steal a car, would you?

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OH WAIT A MIN... MPAA YOU CANT GO AFTER GOOGLE IF YOU CANT FOLLOW YOUR OWN RULES...

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It don't matter how much money Google has, they are still susceptible to failure. Governments now are in trouble and they have way more money than Google. Besides they can't take down the MPAA who seem to have more rights than us citizens. Either way it is illegal and at least they are giving Google a heads up.

"the MPAA has sent multiple letters to Google headquarters with information on employees who have allegedly downloaded movies via BitTorrent"

Not to beat a dead horse but once you start committing illegal activity I think you have to really stop touting "do no evil". Come on Google, it's time.

you know they will play it up and make it look like more was download then what really was & try to use google as a BIG payday. i hope google use's there funds to drag this out and drain there a$$ dry in lawer fee's

I may not like what RIAA or MPAA doing but seriously, Google, need to put leash on its employees..
Wait, may be it was Eric Schmidt who was downloading those files.. See, now I know why he was being replaced!!! :biggrin:

This would just shut down the HQ not Google's multiple data centers around the world. As well they could just switch ISPs. I'm sure there are plenty of ISPs out there that would love to make a boat load of extra cash by supplying Google. Imagin the marketing side of that as well "We supply Google so obviously you want us to supply your connection too".

Make quality movies, music, and games/apps and people will buy them. I know I used to buy lots of movies and music back in the day, but not anymore.

This is just like the war on drugs...the RIAA or MPAA are not going to win.

techbeck said,
Make quality movies, music, and games/apps and people will buy them.

Right because people only pirate the crappy movies, not the good ones. I don't think Avatar has ever been ilelgally downloaded.

Oh wait...

C_Guy said,

Right because people only pirate the crappy movies, not the good ones. I don't think Avatar has ever been ilelgally downloaded.

Oh wait...

How about, lower the box office and concession prices at theaters from ludicrous to reasonable and get more people paying for movies. Ditto for DVD/BluRay prices.

If they want more butts in the seats, and more legal purchases, adopt a model of larger sales and smaller margins. Currently the margins are insane. $20+ for a video made more sense when the cost to produce a VHS tape was high but the cost to create discs is ridiculously cheap, but if anything they have bumped prices up, making the margins huge, then they wonder why people look for ways to get it for free.

I don't download movies and music, but only because I have a crap internet connection. I also don't buy movies and music because the cost is too high, but if their prices were reasonable, I would buy regularly.

Edited by kenboldt, Feb 10 2011, 4:49pm : added content

C_Guy said,

Right because people only pirate the crappy movies, not the good ones. I don't think Avatar has ever been ilelgally downloaded.

Oh wait...

I personally think Avatar is woeful, therefore, your "Oh wait...." is rendered m00t.

Then again though, I wouldnt even waste my time downloading it lol

kenboldt said,

How about, lower the box office and concession prices at theaters from ludicrous to reasonable and get more people paying for movies. Ditto for DVD/BluRay prices.

If they want more butts in the seats, and more legal purchases, adopt a model of larger sales and smaller margins. Currently the margins are insane. $20+ for a video made more sense when the cost to produce a VHS tape was high but the cost to create discs is ridiculously cheap, but if anything they have bumped prices up, making the margins huge, then they wonder why people look for ways to get it for free.

I don't download movies and music, but only because I have a crap internet connection. I also don't buy movies and music because the cost is too high, but if their prices were reasonable, I would buy regularly.


THIS +1

The cost of the media is so ridiculous how can people afford to see the damn movies in the theaters when it costs you $30+ to see a freaking movie! That's for two people.

Then you hear them **** and moan because sales are bad, well gee lets think about this for a second. Cut the price down a bit and maybe people will change their habits.

I rarely go see "opening weekend" movies. I either wait until their at the older theater that shows movies at $3 a ticket (awesome) or wait to rent it.

C_Guy said,

Right because people only pirate the crappy movies, not the good ones. I don't think Avatar has ever been ilelgally downloaded.

Oh wait...

Oh wait...avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time too...is it not?

jingarelho said,
i wouldn´t steal a car... but if i could download one i would do it.

Yep I download a car to and burn it to cd. We are talking about the Cars right. Good band. Buy a cd so they can eat. They are starving artists too. You know!

Google should buy the MPAA and then stop their idiotic crusade against freedom, that's what they should do. I don't go around stealing cars, no. But I'm not going to watch my shows on their time, either.

EPIC FAIL, i mean seriously? sending google a copyright violation letter is like suing starbucks because you spilled coffee on yourself and got burned, ridiculous. If i were eric, id fire the downloader, and then go after the riaa for wasting my time.

I think Google could buy the MPAA. What kind of stupid ISP would want to shut down such a huge amount of money coming from Google anyway?

This is lols worthy.

The MPAA is well within their legal rights to do this. I hope the offending parties within Google are found and punished accordingly. You may not like the way the MPAA and RIAA treat artists, but that isn't an excuse for breaking the law.

x9_ said,
The MPAA is well within their legal rights to do this. I hope the offending parties within Google are found and punished accordingly. You may not like the way the MPAA and RIAA treat artists, but that isn't an excuse for breaking the law.

Downloading is not a law. It's the right to users. That is why we pay for the internet. To download. If you can't download than why the hell have internet? If you take all the risk of hackers and cut out the benefits. No one will want the internet. They should go after hackers and not users who just download.

The MPAA and RIAA are thieves and charlatans. A friend who was mentioned in a case involving copyright infringement was told by the RIAA that she would only receive part of the settlement if the funds collected went above $3million. So they "could cover their costs"

e-berlin.org said,

^ This

=D I bet MPAA themselves are downloading illegal stuffs in their office too...
My school cannot stop us too even when they put in school rules. What makes them think that employers can stop all employees?

Teebor said,
LOL @ IT Crowd link at the end of the story nice touch

Thanks. I just discovered that show a few months ago and absolutely LOVE it. Couldn't resist putting the link in.

Fezmid said,

Thanks. I just discovered that show a few months ago and absolutely LOVE it. Couldn't resist putting the link in.

And then Send it to the Policemans Widow!
Lol Love you for adding that xD

Ohhh!! Now this is about to get exciting. Lemme grab some popcorn and watch the show.

Seriously, the MPAA should be shut down.

Nexx295 said,
Ohhh!! Now this is about to get exciting. Lemme grab some popcorn and watch the show.

Seriously, the MPAA should be shut down.

+1

Nexx295 said,
Ohhh!! Now this is about to get exciting. Lemme grab some popcorn and watch the show.

Seriously, the MPAA should be shut down.


+1

DARKFiB3R said,
Sweet, if anybody can kick the the MPAA's arse, it's Google.

Fiiiiight!


I would love to see this fight.