MPAA: Viewing pirated films online is a crime

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I just posted the article MPAA: Viewing pirated films online is a crime.

As the war on Internet piracy rages on, a Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) official recently said anyone in the United States who view new film releases technically could be committing theft.

Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/mpaa-viewing-pirated-films-online-is-a-crime-22694/](http://www.myce.com/news/mpaa-viewing-pirated-films-online-is-a-crime-22694/)

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#2

I need clarification, what exactly does he mean by viewing new film releases online? I know of no sites that actively stream pirated content, although I admit that it is possible such sites exist…

It would seem silly to me however that a site would do such a thing.

Silly Hollywood suits.


#3

true but if a person walked into a blockbuster, and walked out with the dvd without paying for it, it would by a misdemeanor? If the MPAA is lawsuiting someone who download a movie, you’re probably looking at 10’s of thousand of dollars?

maybe the punishment should fit the crime?


#4

One would think the MPAA would have learned from the lawsuit debacle perpetrated by the RIAA. Looks like they are fixing to make the same mistakes.


#5

So if you ever happen to be in a situation where you may watch something pirated, close your eyes.


#6

I wonder if you watch a pirated movie unknowingly, would you still be breaking the law?


#7

So, unless there is a disclaimer that I am watching pirated content, it is safe to watch?


#8

Yea, renting a movie, copying it onto your computer, and then watching or burning it later is also illegal, I think some people may know they are doing it, unknowingly, I’m not sure!


#9

I dunno, the unknowingly card has worked for Barry Bonds.


#10

Oh ok… so if I go to the public library and get a movie there for free I’m breaking the law, or if I borrow a movie from a friend and watch it at home for free I’m breaking the law also, right?


#11

Only if you fail to pay the fine for keeping it past the check-in date and in the case of borrowing your friend’s movie, only if you serve them margaritas with cheap tequila.


#12

How I am to know if I click on “Watch This (movie, newsreel, anything on Youtube,etc.)” I would be committing a crime. More bulls*** to scare people into some compliance that is Not Clear and/or certain. All those who paid Amazon for a downloaded (and Paid for) book a few months ago just to have it stolen…Technically they should be prosecuted (Amazon/Kindle and the consumers) for unlawfully possessing copyrighted material. Since culpability is not a factor according to MPAA, FBI and other Overseers, just prosecute the lowest Potential fish to keep everyone in line.


#13

Who made this MPAA official a judge?
Last I heard it takes a court to rule on what is legal and what is not.
This is a joke, trying to scare people.