MPAA Targets Consumer for Downloading Austin Powers
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: p2pnet.net/MusicDish - October 10, 2002
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has made direct threats
against a user of a p2p file sharing network for simply downloading a
pirated movie, says the online hackers' quarterly 2600 Magazine.
"The recording and motion picture industries have clearly lost control over
their copyrights as P2P networks have grown," it says here:
www.2600.com. "People are demanding quick and easy access to
entertainment on their computers, and a populus which has grown tired of
paying inflated prices for retail music and movies has simply stopped doing
so. The latest blow to the industry's image as a good neighbor came when it
imposed expensive royalties on Internet music stations, immediately shutting
most of them down. Many webcasters and their fans vowed to stop purchasing
Ben Albert, a university biology student, downloaded "Austin Powers 3:
Goldmember" from KaZaA in late September and was contacted days later by the
administration, says the e-zine. "The MPAA had demanded that the university
take administrative action against Albert, and the school gave in," it goes
on, adding that it remains unclear how the MPAA discovered the copyright
violation in the first place.
"Was the copy of 'Austin Powers' a trap set by the industry's goon squad?
Was Ben Albert's computer, or the University of Georgia network, somehow
monitored? Unfortunately, none of these important questions were asked by