What happens when an organization that is best known for inveighing against the unauthorized copying of movies gets caught doing exactly that? The Motion Picture Association of America was caught with its pants down, admitting to making unauthorized copies of the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated in advance of this week’s Sundance Film Festival.
It’s difficult to see how This Film Is Not Yet Ratedâ€”which ended up with an NC-17 rating for graphic sexual contentâ€”is being harmed. If nothing else, Dick is reaping a bountiful crop of free publicity on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival. The MPAA’s decision to make copies of the film without the copyright-holder’s permission reinforces the documentary’s message that the MPAA’s actions often reek of self-interest and hypocrisy.
read the forum discussion, some hilarious comments in there…e.g.
Given that the MPAA’s intent isn’t financial gain and that the whole situation may rise above the level of trading barbs through the media into legal action, making a copy may be justified.
??? none of file traders intent is financial gain… and did that lawyer just say, “as long as it looks like lawyers are going to get paid handsomely, doing illegal stuff may be justified”
gotta love the hypocrisy of double-standards…