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Scary story about how the MPAA wields it's bought and paid-for DMCA.
August 23, 2001 3:33 PM   Subscribe

Scary story about how the MPAA wields it's bought and paid-for DMCA. (via slashdot)
posted by skallas (8 comments total)

 
What the story didn't mention: while the humanoids were out, the computer became bored with it's sedate existence and wanted to see "Tron" and dream of better days.
posted by msacheson at 3:53 PM on August 23, 2001


I'm all for dismantling the DMCA and undercutting the MPAA's purchased power, but I am also suspicious that the author's only defense was, We couldn't have done it; we were watching fireworks.

Does that mean they couldn't have done it at that moment, or that they wouldn't have done it, ever? Does the couple maybe actually tend to do that sort of thing, but this once, when not actually guilty, they are accused? Is it possible that somebody got their "GMT -5" math screwed up and they weren't watching fireworks, but were, in fact uploading movies to Usenet?
posted by Mo Nickels at 3:57 PM on August 23, 2001


Hardly a scary story -- the MPAA thought a particular IP was distributing copyrighted movies, asked the ISP to shut them down -- the ISP did; a bit rudely, yes, they should have contacted those "accused", but they had their connection back up in 48 hours -- hardly the terrible ordeal the author makes it out to be. It's not like they got their door kicked in, or their computer taken, etc, etc -- these are the folks I reserve pity for. And no matter how entitled you think you are to your Internet access, an ISP need not necessarily follow some kind of habeus corpus standard.

there's an easy solution: switch ISPs. take your business somewhere that doesn't cave to "authorities." simple.
posted by fishfucker at 4:16 PM on August 23, 2001


there's an easy solution: switch ISPs. take your business somewhere that doesn't cave to "authorities." simple.

Good luck finding one.
posted by rushmc at 4:35 PM on August 23, 2001


there's an easy solution: switch ISPs. take your business somewhere that doesn't cave to "authorities." simple.

From my understanding of the DMCA if the ISP didn't do exactly what they were told they would be liable also. The scary part is the power of the DMCA. So now any percieved copyright infringement equals loss of access to the net. MPAA says punish them and the ISPs have to.

The only solution is to have a dial-up backup from another ISP. Imagine the outrage this would cause here if the host of metafilter's server got slapped like this.
posted by skallas at 5:14 PM on August 23, 2001


The usenet has been somewhat of a haven for pedophiles for years now and not much has been done about it. Now kids are uploading movies and people are getting their connection pulled almost immediately. In all fairness I have known of people getting busted for uploading kiddie porn, but they had gigabytes upon gigabytes.
posted by geoff. at 7:31 PM on August 23, 2001


its, not it's
posted by Ben Grimm at 7:19 AM on August 24, 2001


Geoff,

Oh for chrissake - not the pedophile argument.

Yawwnnn.
posted by preguicoso at 1:08 PM on August 24, 2001


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