MPAA doesn’t like soldiers pirating

May 15, 2010

The MPAA doesn’t like anyone pirating movies. After all, part of its remit is to protect Hollywood movie studios from piracy. But still, targeting U.S. soldiers seems a little unfair.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is the RIAA for the movie industry, and it’s fighting against piracy with all its might. Which is fine, if not a little pointless at this stage. However, as well as the thousands of ordinary U.S. citizens chased for illegally sharing files on the Internet, the MPAA also goes after U.S. soldiers. You know, those people risking life and limb so that Hollywood can keep chucking out crappy sequels while slapping itself on the back for its genius.

According to TorrentFreak, a declassified document reveals that the MPAA asked what the military was doing to prevent its soldiers from accessing pirated movies in Iraq. Because that’s clearly the most important thing to consider when fighting on foreign soil

Thankfully, the military gave short shrift to a request to prevent soldiers from visiting Iraqi shops selling pirated DVDs. But the fact the MPAA even broached the subject is really quite shameful.

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2 Responses to “MPAA doesn’t like soldiers pirating”

  1. DavidB:

    The dying gasps of a business model that will soon no longer exist….

  2. Chappas:

    Or, you could argue that the soldiers are fighting to protect the laws of, and the country they love, and therefore should respect those laws.

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