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osOpinion: Sinking Into Fascism: The MPAA dives deeper

Apr 07, 2000, 05:41 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by TJ Miller Jr)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"It appears that the MPAA have gone from simply 'trying to control DVD piracy' to outright control of what a consumer is allowed to see on a DVD that the consumer purchased. Region codes, recent injunctions against mere hyperlinks, overly strict licensure, heavy restriction of 'legitimate' DVD viewing software, and even a 1.2 million unit recall by Sony PlayStation over a slip-up in region code allowances... I won't even need to mention the constant bullying of ISP's, the MPAA oftentimes over-stepping their jurisdiction whilst doing so. This mess, in toto, has brought more than a few shades of fascism to the digital world, courtesy of the MPAA. (I mean, So what if a PlayStation can view any and all DVD's in spite of region code... where is the supposed pirating in that?)"

"I suspect that the MPAA has but one clear goal in this world: To literally spoon-feed "entertainment" to the public on their terms, period...."

"In spite of these warnings, I am heartened by one thing... What makes the MPAA think that they can actually enforce this domination that they apparently want? By taking on the Internet community, they may have bitten off far more than they can safely choke down, let alone chew..."

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