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MPAA Urges Japan to Adopt “Three-Strikes”

MPAA Urges Japan to Adopt “Three-Strikes”

Motion Picture Association of American President Bob Pisano refers to rising online copyright infringement as an “epidemic,” and that only by disconnecting file-sharers from the Internet can countries “slow the spread of the disease.”

I always find it fascinating when the MPAA stands before a crowd of bright, intelligent, and critically thinking individuals and proceeds to try and convince them that a wildly successful industry is under immediate threat, and that without decisive and robust action it may be gone forever.

With global ticket sales up some 30% since 2005 you’d think it would have a hard time keeping a straight face when it tells govt officials that it needs their help, and yet it continues to do so at every opportunity.

One of the more recent attempts to encourage increased scrutiny of online infringement is the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) which it managed to convince a group of Senators is necessary to track and shut down “websites devoted to providing access to unauthorized downloads, streaming or sale of copyrighted content and counterfeit goods.”

Critics have blasted the legislation for being tantamount to illegal censorship of the web, particularly being the bill would place unconstitutional prior restraints on speech with inadequate process.

More importantly, the bill would mean the US govt will set a precedent that any country can seize or order the blocking of a domain name if some of the content on the domain (even if located elsewhere) violates the country’s local laws.

Today MPAA President Bob Pisano told a gathering of Japanese govt officials, filmmakers, and music industry reps that their country needs a “three-strikes” system for dealing with the problem as has already been enacted in France, South Korea, Taiwan, and by early next year, the UK.

Pisano referred to the problem as an “epidemic,” and that only by disconnecting people from the Internet could countries hope to “slow the spread of the disease.”

“We know there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach to the problem; that there are cultural and practical issues requiring different approaches from one nation or region to another,” he said. “But what we do feel is that the basic belief underlying all of our efforts should be the same ” that individual awareness and responsibility are essential if we are to continue to make progress.”

I doubt he told the crowd the MPAA has enjoyed successive years of record breaking profits, not too mention the 30% rise in global ticket sales I mentioned earlier, but shouldn’t it be required to as part of some sort of moral disclosure before it begins demanding that individuals be removed from the “information superhighway?”

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
S Teal
S Teal

"With global ticket sales up some 30% since 2005" You would need to understand the statistics to read anything into them. As is likely, a one in a hundred increase in screens in India and China global ticket sales would be way up. More creators and more screens can also mean less income for most. I would say the increase in file sharing downloads without any return for the producers was up - but I may be talking bullshit too. How these statistics were created would be helpful.

Gamer8585
Gamer8585

"With global ticket sales up some 30% since 2005 you’d think it would have a hard time keeping a straight face when it tells govt officials that it needs their help, and yet it continues to do so at every opportunity."Fun Fact: Improper emotional response is a sign of sociopathy.

starwhite,
starwhite,

WHY should our government or any government spend tax payer dollars just to protect the profit margin of a so called private corporation? Their profits are clearly up...here in the USA we obviously have corrupt US Senators creating laws & spending our tax money just for this which is totally insane!

starwhite
starwhite

Let me get this straight “slow the spread of the disease.” Since when is sharing a disease?? These greedy corporate inhuman MF s need to be taught they will never stop basic human nature.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

Of course such a system would be pointless in a country like Japan that has already seen the wide scale use of annonymous filesharing systems. If we are lucky, all this will due is increase the developement behind these projects and offer to the world a more efficient and secure method to share files.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Love it! If I remember right, the movie "The Corporation" made a similar argument. :)



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