Talk of virtue and your readers will become bored. Hint of gossip and you will secure perfect attention - Walter Winchell
FILM INDUSTRY ORGANISATION the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has commented on the hacktivist attack by Anonymous that shut down its web site and accused the group of trying to silence "ideas".
Somewhere there are kettles and pots having a giggle about the MPAA response, which paints itself and the other organisations targeted as innocent victims.
"Our website and many others, were attacked today and the hacker group Anonymous is claiming responsibility for the attacks," it said.
"Unfortunately, some groups believe that speech or ideas that they disagree with should be silenced. This could not be more wrong. No matter the point of view, everyone has a right to be heard.
"The motion picture and television industry has always been a strong supporter of free speech. We strongly condemn any attempts to silence any groups or individuals.
"The Internet is home to creativity, innovation and free speech. We want to keep it that way. Protecting copyrights and protecting free speech go hand in hand."
We have repeated the statement in full lest anyone think that we have meddled with it to make it look even crazier than it actually is.
That an organisation that lobbied the US Congress to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) is posturing about free speech and the freedom of ideas is ridiculous, but it is part of a pattern. We have already seen the MPAA denounce this week's web site blackouts as malicious abuses of power.
"Technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging," said a statement signed by MPAA CEO and former US Senator Chris Dodd.
"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today." µ
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