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MPAA Targets Consumer for Downloading Austin Powers
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-10-22
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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 CD's altogether."

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 the school."


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