RIAA/MPAA adopt new stealth tactic
Evil wrapped in Miami Vice
By Charlie Demerjian: Saturday 29 July 2006, 19:24
I HAD THE misfortune of seeing the new Miami Vice movie Thursday night, but the experience wasn’t all wasted, I stumbled upon the newest stealth rights removal reeducation campaign from the people that brought you DRM. Yes, the MPAA, RIAA or BSA, I am not sure which are behind this new tact, stealth infection of modern culture.
First the movie. It was far from good, but at no time did I actively contemplate biting my tongue off and using suicide as an escape. It was a free, and almost worth the price. If you think back, most movies have a few memorable scenes, humorous, effects-ridden or just interesting. Miami Vice did not. In fact, it was focused grouped to death, non-offensive in any way, but also studiously avoided doing anything interesting.
To use the Disco Steve method of rating movies, a scale from 1 to infinity of how many miles he would walk to avoid the movie, I would give this an 8. It was a B grade drug movie with only the most tenuous ties to the original TV show. Will Ferrell was about as suave and cool as the guy running around a NASCAR infield, drunk out of his mind, rebel flag in hand, skidmarked underwear showing.
The movie did have one thing that was extremely interesting though, the next campaign from the DRM infection folk. They are now starting to equate piracy, or their version of it, with all the things that are bad in the world. Remember the ‘piracy funds terrorists’ laugher a few months ago? They learned, and are doing it through the back door now, the front door got them nowhere.
Now, they are slipping the message in through ‘blowoff’ lines, trying to infect modern culture. There was a scene in Miami Vice where they were discussing the big bad drug dealers, and how international they were. The good guys listed all the thing the bad guys were capable of bringing into the US, Cocaine, Heroin, etc etc. They listed it as coke from Coumbia, heroin from Afganistan, X from Y and A from B. Pretty normal stuff. At the end, they added ‘pirated software from China’. Blink.
Now, had they listed anything other than drugs and software, it might not have been so blatant. If they had listed pirated software any other time in the movie, I might not have noticed, but this one was pretty obviously a plant. Don’t go see the movie, it isn’t worth it, but if you do, pay attention for this bit, you will see exactly how much it stands out. The movie makers could not afford people to do decent dialog, and it seems the DRM infectors could not either.
Make no mistake about it, this is the first, or at least an early attempt to infect popular culture with the themes the content mafia wants you to believe are reality. They have lost the online war, and are starting to lose in the courts. The overt attempts at bending conversations have failed, mainly because they are wrong, so now they are trying the back door.
As I said, this is the first time I have seen it myself, but it has probably been around for a bit. Have you seen it? Can you send me other times that it happened, or is there a web site that cataloguess it? If so, send the links this way so I can publicize it, or if you are bored, start a site yourself. Keep an eye open for more of this evil folks, we can’t let the bad guys win. Âµ