What ticks me off is that this is not about "copyright" stuff. The MPAA/RIAA are just greedy organizations that want to make more money. Not only can the MPAA/RIAA shut down sites they merely accuse of copyright infringement, but this can also be used for political viewpoints as well. It boils down to censorship and taking a dump on the First Amendment. If someone's infringing copyright laws, call a lawyer, file a suit and PROVE it. That's the problem with this country. People are guilty until proven innocent because people like the MPAA/RIAA and other special interests can buy politicians and own the law.
They need to repeal DMCA, stop SOPA, and create a law like this:
-Circumventing copyright protections is 100% legal as long as you purchased an authentic copy of the copyrighted material and the original and copies/reproductions/rips remain in your possession so you can prove it
-Making backup copies of something is legal as long as you purchased an authentic copy of the copyrighted material as long as you own the original and the copies remain in your possession
-Redistributing the the copies/rips should be a felony
I would almost go on to say that people who are making the DVD, Blu Ray and CD cannot put these copy protection schemes on them. It violates Fair Use. For example, if you buy a DVD, you should have a right to put it onto your computer for playback on other devices. For some (my experience with Dark Knight) this is impossible because of the copy protection schemes on the DVD. I bought it. Why can't I rip it onto my computer so I can watch it on my PS3 or Apple TV? I'm not redistributing it. Just watching it on my PS3 and Apple TV.
The way I see it, if people are paying say $20 for a Blu Ray disc, or like $10 for a DVD, or $12 for a CD, they have a right to rip it into a digital format for playback on other devices, they should have a right to make a backup so that they don't damage/destroy the original.
It's the people who copy the movies and then sell them or hand them out to their friends or upload them to torrent sites like PirateBay who should be punished. Not people like me who just want to watch my movies that I bought on my PS3 through an external hard drive.
That is why I've turned to the iTunes Store. They give you the movies in a digital format. They are DRM protected, but I own the Apple devices to play them back on. Some movies I've bought offer a Digital Copy that I can redeem in iTunes. IMO this is a great business model for customers with my needs. Plus I can back them up onto external hard drives or DVDs. It's great. If the people who made the DVD, BR and CDs did this, they'd get a lot more business.
I just get sick of where I go buy a DVD like The Dark Knight and it's impossible and probably illegal to put it into a digital format so that I can watch it on other devices I own. I do not intend to share it or redistribute it in any way, but apparently I cannot be trusted. So rather than going after the pirates, all these film studios has done is angered me, and haven't done really anything to stop the pirates.
What these organizations want is to stop the redistribution of copyrighted material they own the copyrights to. They don't own the movies, just the rights to redistribute and/or sell them. I don't think any honest person can disagree there. Most people aren't looking to break the law. Most people - like me - just want to watch the movies we buy - in the formats we want - without the headaches.
All these copy protection schemes do is get in the way of people who buy authentic copies of the film. When they want to rip it into a digital format to watch on other devices in their home - they can't - because it's illegal. If it weren't for Fair Use, we wouldn't even be allowed to make backup copies of what we bought.
If they want to stop the pirates, they need to get some lawyers, file lawsuits, and start prosecuting the people who host the sites with the torrents, and prosecute the people who share the content in those torrents.
All the copy protection schemes in the world haven't stopped pirates - going back to Betamax tapes. So all it turns into is a giant cat and mouse game, and honest people who buy the movies get the shaft because of piracy and the companies that go over the top to attempt to stop it.