Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Members of Congress sign on to "voluntary" anti-piracy blacklist for advertisers; "It's free" still doesn't cut it with the MPAA

Remember SOPA?  And Protect-IP?  Some of this is back again, as a group of US Senators and Representatives are asking advertising networks to create a blacklist of alleged “piracy” websites and refuse to advertise on them.  Electronic Frontier Foundation has an article by Mitch Stoltz, link here

EFF says that such activity would violate anti-trust laws.

The MPAA has a “policy focus” (link) on voluntary efforts that would help with the “piracy puzzle” as discussed in hearings before the House Judiciary Committee.  

I actually try to review films from theatrical presentations (including festivals), DVD, or legal instant play as soon as possible.  I do get invited to review films from free private Vimeo screenings and advance DVD’s.

Yet, I’m not against watching an older film “free” on YouTube, even if I suspect infringement, if I can’t find a legal copy.  You’d be surprised how often this happens.  There are numerous examples that I know of where I would welcome that a for-purchase DVD or Instant Play copy be available to have permanently, rather than depending on free-stuff that can disappear any time.  If you want to protect your older content, make it easy to buy legally and price it reasonably.  (That is what is good about Kindle and iTunes.)   Do the customer service.  But, true, most things in life are not free (see Feb. 23, 2013).  

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