MPAA finds itself accused of piracy - Los Angeles Times
Why does the MPAA feel they are exempt when it comes to piracy laws? According to the MPAA "Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple…. ALL forms of piracy are illegal and carry serious legal consequences." And yet, this statement "We made a copy of Kirby's movie because it had implications for our employees", seems to imply a caveat to the former quote. What's going on at the MPAA? "(I)mplications for our employees"? Can I use that excuse to make a copy of all my kid's DVDs? The movies have implications for my family. I need the copies as proof that 'Max & Ruby" had long term effects on my children's mental state. Seriously, Max & Ruby are harmless, but where does the MPAA get off disregarding an explicit request from a from a film maker to not make a copy of his movie? Kirby Dick, the film maker in question is not some newbie director who is orchestrating a "publicity stunt", as the MPAA would have you believe. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004, and submitted this film for a rating with the specific request that "no copies would be made of any part or all of the film".
Just because the MPAA doesn't like the premise of the film, which takes a insiders look at the ratings system, doesn't give them the right to break the law. Dick, and his lawyer Michael Donaldson have not made a decision as to whether they are going to bring a suit against the MPAA, but have not ruled out the option.
As far as the MPAA is concerned, no matter what Dick did or didn't do during the filming of the movie, no one has a right to make a copy of his film (at least according to the MPAA). Let's face facts, the VCR did not kill the movie industry (as they once claimed it would); in fact it probably ADDED to their revenue because of VHS movie sales. The same thing holds true for DVDs, the movie industry has gotten bigger every year, and it's because people LOVE movies! We watch them in the theaters, we buy them for our own use, and we share them with friends. Technology has just made that sharing a little bit easier. The MPAA needs to come to terms with the fact that for every piece of DRM software they come up with, someone will overcome it. It's fighting a losing battle. The MPAA needs to embrace the technology and use it to their advantage, people will still buy their product, and they will continue to make huge blockbusters that we want to watch. It's a never-ending cycle that is ultimately good for both sides.