The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants President-elect Barack Obama to use Internet filtering to help stop copyright infringement on movies and television shows, along with several other requests.
On Obama’s Change.gov web site – designed to make trade groups publicly state their requests and intentions – the MPAA posted a “Key International Trade Issues” paper that discusses “the fight against online piracy, including through automated detection and removal of infringing content.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) supports some of the MPAA’s ideas, such as eliminating commercial optic disc piracy, but the EFF has some serious problems with the MPAA’s requests. The Obama transition team also is expected to continue to put pressure on Malaysia, Korea and other nations where camcording in theaters is a major problem – a problem the MPAA says is a “major source of pirated motion pictures.”
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Is this an honest attempt at getting the administration to help clean up file sharing, or just the MPAA’s latest power grab?