Wednesday, February 01, 2006

MPAA Piracy

There was in an interesting article in the LA Times discussing an accusation that the Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA") made a copy of a movie without permission of the filmmaker. The film, entitled "This Film is Not Yet Rated", looks at the movie rating system used by MPAA. One justification MPAA made for copying the movie was to distribute to its movie raters for their protection (the filmmaker allegedly spied on the movie raters to create the movie). See also discussion on EFF.


Blogger duffee said...

It's funny to see the "tables turned" on the MPAA and their position that ANY copying is piracy, plain and simple.

I'm admittedly not familiar with the law as to whether this is a valid defense against infringement. But it seems to me that, especially given their absolutist approach to copying, they would perhaps first seek another course of action without immediately resorting to creating unauthorized copies. I have to wonder whether the MPAA, before this dispute, would consider this to be a valid defense to infringement if anyone else claimed that they wanted to use it for evidentiary purposes.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I agree. But, I also think their complaint against Family Flicks is valid - although I think Family Flicks is free to sell a copy it has purchased, it sounds like they are making an intermediate copy, editing that and then making multiple copies for resale. This would cut into the market for movie producers because people might not buy the original movies if clean versions are available. However - with the "DVD Copy Plus" - I would think that parents should be free to use a program to modify movies that they have already purchased - this does not affect the market for movie producers - in fact they may buy more non-clean movies if they know they have a method to make them suitable for family viewing.

7:21 AM  

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