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MPAA to distribute anti-piracy brochures to schools and libraries

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Apr 2007 18:25 User comments (7)

MPAA to distribute anti-piracy brochures to schools and libraries In another move to curb piracy in Asia, the MPAA has decided to distribute anti-piracy brochures to every school and library in Singapore. The brochures are meant to warn the citizens of Singapore about the wrongs of P2P and file sharing in general.
The brochures, entitled “Illegal File-Sharing: The Risks Aren’t Worth It” will be available in all 23 national Library branches as well as distributed to all of Singapore’s 164 secondary schools and 16 junior colleges.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) will be distributing over 200,000 copies of the brochure starting today.

The booklets note "that since many P2P applications require users to upload – often invisibly – content at the same time they are downloading, users may be exposing themselves to criminal liability as well."

The decision to distribute the brochures began after the raids in Malaysia a month ago in which a large ring of piracy was busted.

"They found computers and databases of customers from all over the world and I'm afraid to say that a lot of those customers are here in Singapore. The gangs that are involved in this are organized crime groups, unquestionably organized crime groups,"
revealed Michael Ellis, a senior VP for the MPAA International.

"And Singapore customers who are dialing or emailing their orders to Malaysia and asking for the products to be delivered here are involved and supporting organized crime. And I have to tell you, we know who you are and we're providing that information to the authorities in Singapore. If you think that by buying one disc or one pirated DVD, you're not involved in this, it doesn't affect you, you're wrong, it does,"
says Mr Ellis.

Mr. Ellis also tried to hit pirates on an emotional level by pleading that “Today’s students are tomorrow’s creators, developers, and owners of intellectual property, and there is a very real danger that unless young people begin thinking meaningfully about the consequences of wholesale copyright theft, the future will be much less bright for the next generation of creators.”

It is interesting that the movie industry can continue to make record profits even though the "evils" of file sharing continue to grow.


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7 user comments

16.4.2007 18:26

hahahaha! Propaganda!!

My favorite are those commercials that liken downloading videos off the internet to killing someone. I see them sometimes at my local cinema.

Oh jeez. These guys crack me up!

26.4.2007 19:34

And how many trees did these idiots have to cut down to spread the word about the "evils" of "illegal" file sharing?

36.4.2007 20:36

All right, this is really pissing me off. Who gives a flying fuck how much money those fat sons of bitches lose? They're already making ten times the alleged loss. I lead you here.

I'll bet you my soul that 99.99997% of the brochure is full of lies.

"Everytime you download a movie, you kill the enviornment."
"Piracy is a sin."

...Or the like. This is bullshit. No wonder the world is going down the gutter - it's full of morons like the MPAA.

46.4.2007 21:45

So who has contol now? Government, or corporate money?

57.4.2007 5:47

I may be wrong but............
If something is illegal, does it make it more appealing to people??
I'm 27 and tried to DL a movie and couldn't finger out oh to convert it to the format I needed!!! (Ya I know a little time a little research I could have, but I could just rent and copy.) Anyway, now in singapore they are opening up the IDEA of DLing movies to people who possible would have never thought about or known about it before.
I wonder...............
Is the whole filesharing thing with the MPAA and RIAA just a ploy???
A well thought out stratigy, that will take a good amount of years to fuhfill.........
Before internet MPAA and RIAA had very little compition right??
Now they do. Back when blank cassette came out music industry threw a fit so the government taxed blank cassette tapes giving that tax money to the music reps.
Now the new media is internet. What if the RIAA and MPAA pitch a fit and tell the world "There is no way to compete with the internet. We need to be compensated for the money we are losing because of these filesharers."
The world or government feels sorry for the RIAA or MPAA and agrees to "tax" internet subscribers with that tax going to the RIAA or MPAA??
This whole concept just came to me at about 8:30 AM waiting for my workers to come in. So it is a little scattered.
But does it really seem that far fetched?? Has anybody else evr thought about this??
Questions to ponder in a world full of wonder.

711.4.2007 12:11

Remember, when you pirate MP3’s, you’re downloading communism.

A reminder from the Recording Industry Association of America.

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