See what I did there? Ha.
Been reading all I can find about this, still don’t have a firm grasp on it. It looks like the Motion Picture Association (Through Chris Dodd) is the organization really pushing for this, as “pirated” DVDs are apparently eating in to their profits. I’m unclear as to how this legislation will stop people from stealing copyrighted material. You can shut down portions of the web, I suppose, but do we close down a hwy because someone is standing on the road selling fake DVDs? Sure, artists and their “representatives” have a right to protect their work, but this proposed legislation seems hurried and poorly crafted, and there is no agreement on possible unintended consequences.
In the end, legislation prompted by special interests didn’t stop the proliferation of VCRs, or DVRs decades later. So I have my doubts whether or not any attempt to police the web will have much effect on sharing (even for profit) pirated material. That horse, it would seem, has left the barn. Like people trolling the seedier parts of town in search of contraband, there are just too many digital back alleys through which virtually anything is available if you know how to look. Already, the youngsters in my community know where to stream television shows not available to them through traditional TV sources. There is a kid around here who rents movies from Netflix, copies them, and makes them available to friends. I don’t condone the practice, but my point is that it doesn’t take expensive equipment or specialized training to take advantage, almost anyone can do it.
I’d like some feedback from artsy types out there who might stumble across this and have an opposing viewpoint.
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