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MPAA: Manufacturing, selling, distributing or making copies of motion pictures without the consent of the copyright owners is illegal. Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple. ALL forms of piracy are illegal and carry serious legal consequences. Except when we...


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January 24, 2006

MPAA engages in piracy of Kirby Dick film

MPAA:

Manufacturing, selling, distributing or making copies of motion pictures without the consent of the copyright owners is illegal. Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple. ALL forms of piracy are illegal and carry serious legal consequences.

Except when we do it:

The Motion Picture Assn. of America, the leader in the global fight against movie piracy, is being accused of unlawfully making a bootleg copy of a documentary that takes a critical look at the MPAA's film ratings system.

The MPAA admitted Monday that it had duplicated "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" without the filmmaker's permission after director Kirby Dick submitted his movie in November for an MPAA rating. The Hollywood trade organization said that it did not break copyright law, insisting that the dispute is part of a Dick-orchestrated "publicity stunt" to boost the film's profile.

Yes, it's a publicity stunt. But the MPAA did copy a movie without authorization. One fact doesn't negate the other.

The MPAA puts on publicity stunts all the time as part of its anti-piracy efforts. But that doesn't mean there aren't movie pirates out there.

The MPAA needs to explain how an act they consider a great moral crime under any circumstances is not a great moral crime when they do it:

Anyone who sells, acquires, copies or distributes copyrighted materials without permission is called a pirate.




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