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*~ žEEK ~*
12-01-06, 09:26 PM
So much for "Fair Use"! :mad:

From: http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html

MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations
By Scott Small
Monday, November 27 12:00 AM ET

Los Angeles , CA - The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home.

MPAA head Dan Glickman says this needs to be regulated before things start getting too far out of control, "We didn't act early enough with the online sharing of our copyrighted content. This time we're not making the same mistake. We have a right to know what's showing in a theater."

The bill would require that any hardware manufactured in the future contain technology that tells the MPAA directly of what is being shown and specific details on the audience. The data would be gathered using various motion sensors and biometric technology.

The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.

"Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends," said Glickman. "Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn't always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.

The bill also stipulates that any existing home theaters be retrofitted with the technology or else the owner is responsible for directly informing the MPAA and receiving approval before each viewing.

HighFunctioning
12-01-06, 09:44 PM
Is this a joke? It appears to be satire of some sort.

*~ žEEK ~*
12-01-06, 09:58 PM
Is this a joke? It appears to be satire of some sort. Nope! It's the real deal! Better get building the home theater now! :)

HighFunctioning
12-01-06, 10:00 PM
Sure, Seek.... Here's another story for you... :-)

http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/04/unbreakable-drm.html

HighFunctioning
12-01-06, 10:02 PM
http://www.bbspot.com/News/2003/05/self_destruct.html

JustNeedHelp
12-01-06, 10:04 PM
i like this one, ipods gone crazy now...

http://www.bbspot.com/News/2005/01/new_ipod_implant.html

JustNeedHelp
12-01-06, 10:06 PM
dont forget this one HOORRAAAAH!!!

http://www.bbspot.com/News/2005/01/bush_countdown.html

*~ žEEK ~*
12-01-06, 10:25 PM
Hehe :D

To bad HF is paying attention! :D

MPAA Home Theater Regulation Satire Hits Too Close To Home

from the it's-funny-because-it's-true dept

We've had a ton of submissions yesterday and today over BBSpot's article on how the MPAA is lobbying for home theater regulations (http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html). According to the article, consumer electronics makers would be required to put technology into their systems that would record what was being watched and details on the "audience," suggesting that having friends over to watch a movie on your home theater system is a violation of copyright. Of course, if you follow tech news closely, you're already aware that BBSpot is the technology equivalent of The Onion. That is, all of its articles are satire. We ignored the early submissions, but they just keep on coming -- and some of the submitters seem genuinely freaked out about it. This morning, Slashdot also posted the story (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/28/053226&from=rss) as if it were real (Update: or not -- commenters have pointed out that Slashdot posted it as satire too), at which point we realized why this particular satire works so well: it's totally, 100% believable. Given everything that the MPAA and RIAA have done recently, no one would be surprised if they actually did try to put in place regulations like this. They've certainly tried (and will continue to try) to influence the design of consumer electronics, with things like the broadcast flag (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20051101/1048256.shtml), and they continue to freak out at any market shift that doesn't involve them getting paid every time a piece of content is heard or watched. So, while it's not true that the MPAA is looking to punish you for having your friends over, it's so believable that even a well-known satire site is fooling people left and right.

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Thought I'd better not let it go to far! :)

Pretty believable at first isn't it? :)

HighFunctioning
12-01-06, 10:30 PM
To bad HF is paying attention! :D

The articles with the transparent disc and the burning houses really gave it away... ;)

*~ žEEK ~*
12-01-06, 10:34 PM
JustneedHelp is on his toes too! :)

Some of my friends took the bait hook, line, and sinker!

VisualImagery
12-01-06, 10:41 PM
I love satire!

lunaslobo
06-07-07, 08:25 AM
I think theses stories are right in line with the car that the goverment banned that runs on pure water. the major oil componies got congress to ban they technology so the could continue to make profits.:rolleyes:

mijahe
06-10-07, 12:23 AM
So much for "Fair Use"! :mad:
"Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends," said Glickman. "Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn't always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.
This is !%&#%^*#%*#& stupid. The fact that I go and buy a DVD means that I now own it and can do whatever I like with it. The fact that I can go and show it to many people doesn't violate copyright laws. The fact that I share that DVD with other people, (and they in turn share theirs), does NOT violate any copyright laws.

The real issue is that the MPAA business model has changed from underneath them. They need to change with the business model, (adapt), or suffer the same agonizing pain that many many many many other companies have suffered in the past.

They are basically fighting like a spoilt brat. They are a huge monopolistic "company", (actually comprised of several companies), who only want more and more money.

This sort of thing just really annoys me.... no not annoys me... !@#$^&^* ****es me off.... no not even that... it cannot be described in words.

[UPDATE: Damn I should really read ALL the POSTS before I post. Sorry I now know it's satire. I was just letting my ADD frustration mount there for a second.]