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Strong Arming Congress the MPAA way!

We all know that the MPAA hates fair use and have gone to great lengths to block consumers access to media that they legally own through industry tainted legislation.

The MPAA, RIAA and the member organisations are confident through time and attrition that the will be able to remove forever Fair Use Rights of media from those that legally own it.

Studios have strong armed and cried like babies to congressional representatives year after year. While at the same time dumping millions into campaign funds and PACS to help manipulate and buy legislative action, with the goal of removing all Fair Use rights that people of this country have.

Personally I am pretty sick of it, and because the MPAA and RIAA have yet to have free speech abolished. I can continue to point out what I consider to be ongoing strong arming and outright deception being portrayed in the halls of congressional 

The MPAA and their financial supporters portray themselves as victims of technology. Yet they see record profits and continue to pay artist pennies on the dollar for their creative work.

We all know their days are numbered and I hope that artist stand up against this evil machine and take publishing and distribution to the people in a way that all of us can support.

TechDirt today has a reprint of a letter sent to the head of a large studio that outlays some of the deception that is being put forth to those in Congress and also points out what the MPAA has done to stifle technological innovation.

In my opinion I am sure that the MPAA thinks that the majority of consumers of their content are Liars, Thieves, Cheats and do nothing but steal and share their content.

I applaud leaders like Gary Shapiro the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association for using his position to call to task the heads and make the public aware of their true agendas.

Why does MPAA need Pretexting?

MpaaIt seems that the very thing that may get an ex HP CEO thrown in Prison is the very thing that the MPAA wanted to be assured would not be banned in legislation in California. I find it very disturbing that the MPAA would need to use the highly controversial practice of pretending to be someone else in order to obtain personal information.

Wired broke this story and if the following two paragraphs don’t make you site up and say what’s going on nothing will in response to the bill they objected to.

“The bill won approval in three committees and sailed through the state Senate with a 30-0 vote. Then, according to Lenny Goldberg, a lobbyist for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the measure encountered unexpected, last-minute resistance from the Motion Picture Association of America.

“The MPAA has a tremendous amount of clout and they told legislators, ‘We need to pose as someone other than who we are to stop illegal downloading,'” Goldberg said.”

In my personal opinion their needs to be a federal investigation into exactly how the MPAA is posing as someone other than who they are. If the above statement is above board then like the HP CEO that may be headed to prison maybe some MPAA executives need to be indicted as well. [Wired]

GNC-2006-12-01 #221

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Copy Never Flag has TiVo Series Three signing the blues

TivoA TiVo Series Three Receiver was on my shopping list for this Christmas season. I have been watching the reviews of the unit and the new C|Net review of the Series III that I saw today makes me wonder if I should take the unit off my wish list.

We all have learned to hate DRM, and we all hate devices that are overzealous in enforcing DRM. It seems TiVo has got DRM fever and is running scared from the studio’s. Additionally I am not real happy with devices that make you revert to old school techniques to archive programming. Check out these two depressing quotes from the review.

“the only way to archive your TiVo Series3 recordings is the old-fashioned way: dump them to a video recorder in real time.”

“Once again, though, overzealous copy protection has taken something simple and turned it into a Sisyphean ordeal. All we wanted to do was watch TV, and connect our gear with a minimum of cables and wires. Thanks to DRM, that simple task becomes more difficult all the time.”

Once you read the linked review and determin where they had specific hardware connectivity issues you may be inclined as I am to not to move forward with a purchase of this unit. I have said it once and I will say it again because it is worth repeating. The manufactures and their willingness to roll over on consumers will be the ultimate demise of fair use. They will wait till our legacy systems wear out and then kill functionality with new products.

It is obvious that DRM is halting innovation and the ability to re-utilize media that is legally yours to record and enjoy. []

GNC-2006-08-18 #197

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