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MPAA "making same mistakes" as RIAA

Letters AA mistake? No... they don't understand kids
Thu Dec 12 2002, 20:25
HERE'S an interesting letter from a young kid, and a comment on that letter, below it. The first writer reckons that the people pushing video protection as well as music protection have got it somewhat wrong.

Note to readers. The MPAA stands for the Motion Picture Association of America, while the RIAA stands for the Recording Industry Association of America. As far as the INQUIRER can tell, the two .orgs are not associated with each other.


The MPAA is making the same mistakes that the music industry is making. They are alienating their paying customers because they can't catch those of us who use P2P. I am dumb-founded that the MPAA can push litigation against a customer who actually paid for their media when all Jon did was crack some region codes. Jon PAID for the DVD which is something of a miracle for a kid his age. Almost all the teens and early twenties I know get their music and movies via Kazza and Emule.

I know a lot of people who have stopped going to the movies or renting movies because they have DVD-Rip databases in their homes. Why bother paying for the movies when you can download most of the big releases before your local video store gets them in stock?

Pre-Release DVD Screeners are being released at an increasingly high rate and the MPAA thinks Region Codes are worthy of international press? I acknoledge that CSS does more than simply block region codes but the other functions are almost as useless.

Most DVDs just use CSS for unskipable commercials and rudimentry copy protection. A 14 year-old I tutor on PC hardware managed to DeCSS a movie he rented in a matter of minutes, are the MPAA going to show up at his door next? That'll learn him, from now on instead of renting the DVD he'll just download it in DIVX at 11:1 compression ratio and share it with everyone he knows.

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What are the real reasons the MPAA are criticising some kid in Norway?
I don't understand why the MPAA are doing what they are doing.

AFAIK CSS was for region encoding not for piracy prevention, to increase the MPAAs power and control over _legitimate_ channels.

After all, real pirates just mass produce _identical_ copies of DVDs. They just copy the whole thing bit for bit, irrelevant to them whether it's encrypted or not - decryptors are already in DVD players. So a pirated DVD plays on a normal DVD player like the original, and won't play on Linux without DeCSS just like the original. And the normal players are where the money is. The mass market doesn't fiddle around with DeCSS to watch videos on a 15.9 inch monitor. They want to slouch on the couch, lean back on the bean bag and watch movies on their widescreen TVs without any hassle.

CSS _was_ for region encoding because as far as I know, most sane shops sell regionless DVD players. Guess what will happen if customers find out that their player doesn't play the boxed DVD set their dear friend overseas gave them as a present, whilst their neighbour's DVD player plays any DVD? (BTW wasn't there this globalisation, borderless world thingy the big corporations and governments were trying to convince small countries about?)

So what's CSS for now? More importantly what are the real reasons the MPAA are prosecuting some young kid in Norway who just wanted to play his legally purchased DVD on Linux and allowed other people do a similar thing?


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See Also
18 year old DVD kid "grilled" by Norwegian prosecutors
MPAA sets pirate sniffer software in motion


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