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MPAA Supports Bill That Could Jeopardize Internet Safety

The MPAA is in a debate with a group of Internet engineers who argue that the Protect IP Act could break the Internet’s Domain Name System, which could lead to unsafe information sharing putting Internet users at risk. 

The Protect IP bill, which was introduced in May and is pending in the U.S. Senate, intends to eliminate piracy and protect intellectual property. Search engines and Internet service providers would be subjected to legal action if they send traffic to Web sites suspected of copyright infringement.

However, the accused Web sites and their patrons could easily remove the ISP blocks in about 30 seconds of work, Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist at security vendor DKH told PC World. Internet engineers fear that users will then turn to untrustworthy DNS services rather than their ISP’s for their Web needs, including online banking.

But the MPAA disagrees.

“We have a hard time believing that average Internet users will be willing to reconfigure their computers to evade filters set up by court order when doing so will risk exposure to fraud, identity theft, malware, slower service, and unreliable connections.” Brigner said.

The press conference, which was hosted by Internet engineers along with the Center for Democracy and Technology, was held just a day after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce organized a lobbying effort in support of the Protect IP Act.

“The Protect IP Act makes getting to rogue sites just inconvenient enough that the large majority of users will seek a legitimate option instead,” said Brigner.


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The ONLY proven way to beat IP piracy is simple: Release new movies in theaters, on DVD and streaming all at the exact same time. You will get all three markets of consumer at once and provide the content that people desire when and how they want it, completely eliminating the entire underlying basis for piracy. It is specifically because movie production companies make people wait months for alternatives to movie theater viewing that causes piracy. Give people dvd and streaming options on day one!

Why would anyone buy a low quality hand held pirated dvd version of a new release if it was already available on dvd from the publisher? Why would anyone stream a tv show on a pirated site if they had easy access to a legit streaming site like Netflix or Hulu?

The answer of course is, they wouldn't.

Piracy is the symptom, not the disease. The disease is an outdated distribution model that production companies are sticking to even though the world has changed around it.

There's no need for new laws, for grassroot "don't steal movies" campaigns or any other music industry proven failures. The solution is simply giving the content buyers what they want, when they want, it at a reasonable price.

The argument by Brigner about unsafe DNS sites is silly - it takes a few minutes to setup a separate computer to be used just for movie downloads, or even better, setup a VM image to be used only for downloads. In either case no personal info is ever used on those machines and it's easy to wipe them and reinstall.

This is a power grab, plain and simple. Piggy backed on the far overblown idea of "intellectual property". It is impossible to own an idea, but the gov is happy to step in just so they can control the internet. An excuse they have been waiting for, as so much info they don't want in the public's hands is posted daily. There is no legal or constitutional basis for the gov controlling the internet, but here they go. I suppose no one will do anything about this either.

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