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WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the go-big-or-go-home dept.

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nbauman writes "WW2 veteran 'Big Hy' Strachman, 92, pirated 300,000 DVD movies and sent them to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they were widely distributed and deeply appreciated. Soldiers would gather around personal computers for movie nights, with mortars blasting in the background. 'It's reconnecting to everything you miss,' said one. Strachman received American flags, appreciative letters, and snapshots of soldiers holding up their DVDs. He spent about $30,000 of his own money. Strachman retired from his family's window and shade business in Manhattan in the 1990s. After his wife Harriet died in 2003, he spent sleepless nights on the Internet, and saw that soldiers were consistently asking for movie DVDs. He bought bootlegged disks for $5 in Penn Station, and then found a dealer at his local barbershop. He bought a $400 duplicater that made 7 copies at once, and mailed them 84 at a time, to Army Chaplains. The MPAA said they weren't aware of his operation. The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troops."

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Well that's okay (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822187)

Anything for the troops, of course.

Re:Well that's okay (0, Flamebait)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822235)

Just keep 'em happy, maiming and killing brown babies, to further the cause of our humanitarian mission - and further the aims of truth, justice and liberty.

Re:Well that's okay (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822267)

Having something to use to relax such as movies will probably decrease the number of babies killed. No one wants stressed out soldiers on patrol.

Re:Well that's okay (2)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822447)

I suppose that would depend on the movies they watched. Hope they weren't horror films with zombies or other abominations jumping out from around every corner :)

Re:Well that's okay (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822273)

bugger off

Re:Well that's okay (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822365)

Yeah, because that's our purpose — to "main and kill brown babies". They're perfectly fine, and will no doubt reach their fullest potential as humans, under the likes of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban. I hear that poisoned water goes well with Afghan schoolgirls' education. In fact, I hear there is no actual tyranny and oppression in the world — unless you count the US, of course.

Dipshit.

Re:Well that's okay (-1, Troll)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822643)

Is it OK to kill children?

Re:Well that's okay (-1, Troll)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822693)

So, it's OK to kill children, because your sure they're being misguided by their parents?

Hey! You should open your own abortion clinic!

Re:Well that's okay (5, Insightful)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822245)

Hell yes! This guy is my fucking hero of the day...

Re:Well that's okay (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822395)

Not my hero. He could have used his own money to buy the CDs rather than pirating.

Re:Well that's okay (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822497)

He used his own money to buy the CDs. (Well, DVDs, but whatever.) What you mean is, he could have used his own money to pay someone who's allowed to copy that string of bits to put it on them, instead of copying them himself. Because we all know that certain activities must only be permitted when paying protection money to the appropriate cartel.

Re:Well that's okay (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822503)

At the going rate, it would be more than $3 million for the same number of DVDs...

Re:Well that's okay (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822573)

You mean outside of the $30,000 he estimates he's spent on blank discs and mailing the fucking things over there?

Re:Well that's okay (1)

hemo_jr (1122113) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822663)

If you had your way, I assume there would be a swat team outside his home, his assets seized and his ass thrown in jail.

The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troops. (5, Funny)

BagOBones (574735) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822191)

Nice to see the studios have been keeping up with the times.

Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (2)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822325)

back to the future: where hawkeye and hotlips were still current characters...

Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (5, Insightful)

BackwardPawn (1356049) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822425)

Its probably so they can be paid anytime a soldier watches a film. If they sent them DVDs, they'd get distributed among the troops. The film snob in me wants to say film is a chemical process that even the best digital projection couldn't match and the MPAA wants our troops to have the best...but I know that has nothing to do with it.

Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (4, Interesting)

BagOBones (574735) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822499)

I know what you are saying, however from a practical aspect film is an awful choice for any war environment since it degrades so easily... Hell film gets scratched and fades in air-conditioned theaters with a trained projectionist running them. I wonder how long reel to reel film lasts in a tent in the desert (dust, sand, heat)?

Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (5, Insightful)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822615)

They're not sending the films out with patrols. They're showing them at base theaters which have more technical support and equipment than anything Main St. can rustle up. Of course, DVDs can be used to entertain small groups or individuals but that would give people more options than what is good for them.

Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822561)

Nice to see the studios have been keeping up with the times.

Yeah, it's a joke, but it's also awfully revealing about how behind-the-times Hollywood's business practices really are.

Reel-to-Reel? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822209)

Are they talkies at least?

That (5, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822225)

That is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.

Re:That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822291)

Lock him up and throw away the key!

We want others to think twice before showing this kind of thoughtfulness towards our troops!

Re:That (-1, Flamebait)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822309)

What the troops REALLY want is to end the killing of innocents & come back home to defend THIS country. And there's only one candidate who is willing to do that. If we really cared about the troops, we would honor their wish.

Re:That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822361)

What the troops REALLY want is to end the killing of innocents & come back home to defend THIS country. And there's only one candidate who is willing to do that. If we really cared about the troops, we would honor their wish.

Ah, I see the supporters of the Tooth Fairy are out again.

Oooh, save us Ron Paul, you're our only hope. One has only to listen to his supporters to know he hasn't got a hope in hell of winning, and that his policies are based on wishful thinking.

Re:That (3, Insightful)

Githaron (2462596) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822571)

I support Ron Paul. I do realize he is a little extreme on some policies but in the end he doesn't align perfectly with either party and he is only one man. If he became president, some of his more extreme policies would become more mellowed by the other politicians. The end result would be smaller government and more freedom. Most of the other politicians seem to want the opposite.

Re:That (-1, Flamebait)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822589)

>>> I see the supporters of the Tooth Fairy are out again.

Oooh, save us Ron Paul, you're our only hope. One has only to listen to his supporters to know he hasn't got a hope in hell of winning, and that his policies are based on wishful thinking.

I hope when either President Obama or Romney start rounding-up Americans (anyone who speaks-out against the Iran War will be labeled a "terrorist") that you care one of the first to land in jail w/o right to trial. You deserve to get what you have voted for.

Re:That (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822543)

What the troops REALLY want is to end the killing of innocents & come back home to defend THIS country.

Is that true? It's not like they didn't know what they were getting into when they signed up. I would love to see the data you use to back this statement.

Re:That (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822689)

What the troops REALLY want is to end the killing of innocents & come back home to defend THIS country. And there's only one candidate who is willing to do that. If we really cared about the troops, we would honor their wish.

Look, if you want fantasy presidents, at least pick somebody like Milla Jovovich [imdb.com] . She hasn't a chance in hell of getting elected but I'd rather watch her campaign than Mr. Crazy. You really have to admit that her dialog makes more sense than Ron Paul's. Besides, if you polled the troops and asked who they would vote for Paul or Jovovich - who do you think would win?

Re:That (4, Funny)

scubamage (727538) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822769)

Lilu Dallas Multiprez!

Re:That (1)

Flipstylee (1932884) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822383)

I had to FB and every other abbreviation out there this story with subject being "This.". Yes indeed.

Re:That (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822477)

Seriously? That's incredibly sad if it is true.

Being generous with other people's property is only a virtue to the douchebags here, and only because of their politics.

Meanwhile, in the real world sans the freetard agenda, there are countless daily acts of actual heroism, selflessness and good-doing. They just don't get talked about on Slashdot too much. Although, Gabe? Gabe does amazing stuff, without breaking international law. But I guess it's not so cool without the bullshit Robin Hood aspect. Gabe does it righteously, instead of self-righteously, and I guess you guys don't respect that so much.

Re:That (2)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822579)

Seriously? That's incredibly sad if it is true.

No, it's not true. It also made me smile to see the responses from overly-literal people like you.

Re:That (1, Insightful)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822633)

It's nice 'n' all, but... really? Most beautiful?

What's really beautiful about this situation is the inexorably awkward position he's put the MPAA in. The money won't let them condone, public opinion will never forgive them if they decry.

War criminal (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822227)

Sending a bunch of crappy bootleg cams to the troops should be considered a war crime.

Get this geezer a copy of vlc and some Matroskas stat.

The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (5, Interesting)

devilsdean (888911) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822257)

Howard Gantman, a spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America, said he did not believe its member studios were aware of Mr. Strachman’s operation. His sole comment dripped with the difficulty of going after a 92-year-old widower supporting the troops. “We are grateful that the entertainment we produce can bring some enjoyment to them while they are away from home,” Mr. Gantman said.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (5, Funny)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822337)

The opposition has never had thermonuclear weapons.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (5, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822635)

Haw they would rather face the nukes than the public opinion on this one.
Let's see who we can go after.
The 92 year old widower WWII Vet that spent 30,000 of his own money to send DVDs to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Or the Chaplins that distributed them to the troops?

So do you want to take on an old man that risked his live in WWII fighting Hitler or the Japanese and that spent his own money to help the troops?
Or do you go after the Chaplins?
In an election year where it would be easy for people running for office to want to take on the rich cocain drunk godless heathens in Hollywood for Good and country?

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (2)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822735)

That's the beauty in this: it's like the "Won't someone please think of the children?!" bullshit fallacies got turned right back around and used for good. If they want to pursue this (which I doubt), they have to go after a 92 year old vet that's spent $30,000 out of pocket sending DVDs to our troops. In what universe could that possibly have a positive result for them?

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (5, Insightful)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822373)

If they seriously went after this guy it would be such an awful PR nightmare that even owning the media and news corporations wouldn't help them. Even the Republicans would turn on them.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (0)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822455)

We all know that the Republicans are warmongers, but are they also the most in the pocket of the AA's?

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822541)

Considering that Senate and house members from my own state, which is like hugely republican (hint it ends in exas) pretty much were the front runners on the SOPA crap then ya I'd say they are. That isn't to say only republicans are in their pockets they have plenty of democrats too. I love our two party system...

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822617)

They may be in the pocket of the MAFIAAs but "Support the Troops" is how they get reelected. If they try to screw the troops no amount of money will save their campaigns.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (5, Insightful)

Monoman (8745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822491)

If they don't go after him doesn't it show some kind of prejudice? :-)

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822513)

The RIAA/MPAA's massive political contributions are very bipartisan. One of the few things the Democrats and Republicans can truly agree on is that everybody should be giving more money and laws to the ??AA, at least as long as the ??AA continue to return the favour.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822611)

WEEEEEEEEE! Lets here it for situational justice!

92 year old man dupes tens of thousands of movies for the troops = no prosecution.
92 year old woman dupes four movies for herself = how much do we have to donate to get the death penalty for copyright infringement?

Don't get me wrong here, I think what Mr. Strachman did here is fantastic, both as a way to help keep up the morale of some poor SOBs slogging through the shit all day, and as an "I dare you fuckers" thumbing of the nose at the MPAA.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

gnasher719 (869701) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822739)

If they seriously went after this guy it would be such an awful PR nightmare that even owning the media and news corporations wouldn't help them. Even the Republicans would turn on them.

They could try to get a fine of 300,000 times $150,000, with an order to pay the fine at $5 per month until it is paid back.

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (3, Interesting)

joebagodonuts (561066) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822485)

They still got their dig in, it was just subtle:

Although the most costly piracy now takes place online through file-sharing Web sites,...

ORLY?

Re:The MPAA Lawyers have never played this nice.. (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822669)

There's no need. They will soon have CISPA to go after this old guy, and they can do it quietly without the negative press.
And ACTA was already signed by Obama.
The RIAA/MPAA are only a few weeks shy of full command.

Will they go after the post office now? (5, Insightful)

boaworm (180781) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822261)

Given that they go after ISPs for downloading, should they not go after the post office to be consistently persistent?

Would be a lovely case to see go to court! They could sentence him to community service...

Re:Will they go after the post office now? (1)

boaworm (180781) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822295)

And in his defence, he could claim that he has gone religious at old age, worshiping "Copyism".

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-16424659 [bbc.com]

Re:Will they go after the post office now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822315)

If they sentenced him to community service, I'd spring for a bigger/faster DVD duplicator. He can spend his time making more of them.

Re:Will they go after the post office now? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822349)

Would be a lovely case to see go to court! They could sentence him to community service...

"You are hereby ordered by this court to do service benefiting the troops."

I hope they sue him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822287)

Nothing could be better at turning the public against the MPAA. And pandering politicians would be quick to pass laws exempting this to show how favorable they are to our veterans.

Re:I hope they sue him. (4, Interesting)

beschra (1424727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822375)

Which, of course, is why they won't go after him. But I wonder if inaction in this case would work against them in future cases?

What if? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822467)

Can we get people across the country to start shipping copied discs to our troops? And then proclaim it proudly?

Re:What if? (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822625)

Better yet, if every person charged with illegal copying used the "I am only doing it for the troops" defense, we could have something amusing.

LightScribe those DVD's (-1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822297)

He should have downloaded the DVD arts from cdcovers.cc and make those DVD look a little more authentic.

Re:LightScribe those DVD's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822393)

And only sent 1/3 as many. Or spent 3 times as much.

Selfish bastard.

No, not him.

Re:LightScribe those DVD's (3, Insightful)

Megane (129182) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822517)

The thing is, he didn't download anything! He actually bought street bootlegs (of cams and leaks) and copied those. While I am not happy about money being given to the bootleg scum, I think it's funny that CSS was completely useless here.

Quote from article (5, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822301)

It was completely willful:

“It’s not the right thing to do, but I did it,” Mr. Strachman said, acknowledging that his actions violated copyright law. “If I were younger,” he added, “maybe I’d be spending time in the hoosegow.”

The guy spent $30,000 of his own money to do it. Maybe the MPAA could sue him for a portion of the 'profits'. The best part is he was continuing to make copies, right there, while they were interviewing him. It's brought joy back to his life.

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Re:Quote from article (-1, Offtopic)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822605)

Burn in hell, spammer.

Re:Quote from article (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822661)

Hoosegow? I wonder if this guy still wears an onion on his belt.

I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822311)

I guess this 92 old criminal will spent the rest of his life in jail. Muahahahahahahaha!

The movie companies can't complain (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822317)

This guy was doing it for free, the iraqi's sell *tons* of dvds to the troops, for a decent profit, if they didn't have it in stock, they'd have it the next day.

Why don't the MPAA go after these iraqi's selling movies and stop supporting terrorism... :)

One 92 year old man (5, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822327)

did what corporations couldn't or wouldn't because of few measly lost dollars, which would have brought in millions worth of good will.

Here's an idea maybe we should have a send the troops a bootleg campaign. Imagine 1 million bootleg dvd's being sent out lol..... The MPAA cry would be heard in every corner of the world Khaaaaaaaaaaa....

Re:One 92 year old man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822511)

You know why the MPAA can hardly be tough on him but would rain fire on your campaign? He did it to help the troops, not to stick it to The Man.

How American... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822353)

the place where a mother can go bankrupt in the trial for download a cartoon for their kids, and a man can make whatever he wants because he took a job when he was 16, 70 years ago... and we applauded... awesome...

Re:How American... (1)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822685)

To be fair, most of the sympathy is due to the fact that he is sending them to active-duty troops, not that he's a veteran himself. That's just the icing on the cake.

I like. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822399)

Sometimes I just miss the feature of social sites to vote up stuff.

Seriously? (5, Funny)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822407)

The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troops.

Did you send them vinyl records too?
Maybe a few laserdiscs?

Re:Seriously? (1)

BackwardPawn (1356049) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822599)

Well, it is an improvement considering the studios sent Kinetoscopes during the first gulf war.

Nice (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822409)

Good for Strachman! I don't think even the MPAA is stupid enough to go after him. If they do, I think there will be mass abandonment of the MPAA! The motion picture companies would not want to associate themselves with such behavior.

Re:Nice (2)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822657)

Do you seriously think that the general public would actually stop their precious movie-going habits just because the MPAA does something unpopular?

Stealing is bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822411)

And it costs the studios thousands of dollars in lost sales for every bootlegged DVD -- or so they tell us. But, you know, if it's for the troops, it's fine. Bullshiat.

Re:Stealing is bad (5, Interesting)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822715)

They'll probably try to write off all those "lost sales" as "donations" on their taxes and get a nice fat donation themselves from the taxpayers.

Supporting state-sponsored murderers? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822419)

These "troops" are committing state-sponsored mass-murder, and this guy is entertaining them?

How sweet.

I just got back from a deployment to Afghanistan.. (5, Interesting)

IDtheTarget (1055608) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822427)

I just got back from a deployment to Afghanistan, and I can tell you that sometimes the only way to get to sleep is by watching something that will get your mind off of what's really going on. My favorite was light comedies and sitcoms.

I didn't know about this guy. We got most of our movies over there from local vendors who would sell pirated copies (that's legal in Afghanistan). The MPAA is getting the Customs Service and DoD to crack down, though. We used to be able to buy whatever we wanted from the locals and bring them home. Then when I came home from Iraq in 2008, we were allowed to bring one copy of each movie/TV show, and that was fine as well. This time when we were coming home we were told that we could only bring one item, period. Which was fine, again, because now we're ripping the movies to our hard-drives, anyway. I wonder how long it'll be until the MPAA gets the Customs Service to look at all of the content of our laptop hard drives on re-deploying back to the U.S....

If you were lucky enough to be stationed at Bagram Air Field, then you had a PX where you could by legit movies for full price, but for most of us stuck out at various FOBs scattered across the country, the local guy was all we had. Hopefully the Pentagon Pukes don't listen to the MPAA and take that away from us, or we'll be in a world of hurt over there. This deployment sucked pretty bad. Not sure what'll happen if the next one is even worse due to those greedy MoFo's in the MPAA...

Re:I just got back from a deployment to Afghanista (5, Insightful)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822727)

thank you for what you have done, and I am glad you are safe enough to type this

Never mind Movie Night. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822431)

Bring on Fight Night.
And in The Red Corner! Weighing in at minus 128 pounds 3 ounces, or at least that's what their accountant said, it's the RIAA.
And in The Blue Corner! Weighting in at .... RADACTED...... it's the USMC!

Ding Ding!

Re:Never mind Movie Night. (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822593)

yah pressing this issue is a good way to become "accident prone". I would say that making sure that our troops come back with some small shred of sanity left is worth the writeoff. i wonder how close the nearest military bases are to the MPAA offices??

oh i was supposed to hit grid square Bravo 13 not Delta 13 btw what was there (before i dropped a 20K bunkerbuster on it)??

The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troops. (5, Insightful)

mrbill1234 (715607) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822439)

"The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troops"

As if this were not proof enough that the studios and the MPAA are out of touch with reality.

What a country! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822461)

Sending hundreds of thousands of illegal copies to the guys that illegally invaded and occupied a country, killing its inhabitants is laudable.

Downloading a handful of illegal copies by ordinary folk for fun is a terrible crime.

Isn't America great?

Reel-to-reel movies? (1)

DanZee (2422648) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822471)

What are these reel-to-reel movies the movie studios send to the troops? They can hear the audio but they can't see a picture?

DIRTY AWFUL PIRATING CRIMINAL!!!! (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822479)

Arrest the un-American terrorist-supporter! [torrentfreak.com]

legal action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822525)

I will contribute to this legal fund if the MPAA moves against this American.
God bless him!

Good for him. (1)

dtjohnson (102237) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822529)

If you're going to pirate, do it on a big scale. It also helps that he's 92. By the time the MPAA collects from him, it'll just be a claim against his presumably small estate. Go get him, girls! The current laws are heavily skewed in favor of those who distribute content but new technology has made the distribution an almost trivial portion of the process. What we need are new laws that favor the content creators and the content consumers and just give a tiny fee to the middleman distributors (aka MPAA members) who don't actually provide anything useful anymore anyway. This story really highlights that. Here are the thousands of military people who are hungry for the content and there is the mountains of content that would make their lives better with the only obstacle being a lot of laws and rules that 'Big Hy' blasted right by out of compassion for those who serve.

Re:Good for him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822733)

and just give a tiny fee to the middleman distributors (aka MPAA members) who don't actually provide anything useful anymore anyway.

Not the MPAA people, because they're no longer the distributors. The distributors these days are the ISPs, and the fee should be for the bandwidth they provide (which, unless you're using a sneakernet, is a useful and necessary element).

$8.1 Billion Fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822547)

$27,000 each then times 300,000 - would feed a lot of lawyers...and still less than half of the estimated $18 billion in piracy...obviously, they still have to find the other 2 guys..

"Reel-to-reel" for real (4, Interesting)

markg11cdn (1087925) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822583)

I thought for sure the 'reel-to-reel' in the summary was a joke, but here's a quote from TFA :

And while Mr. Strachmans movies were given to soldiers as a form of charity, studios do send military bases reel-to-reel films, which are much harder to copy, and projectors for the troops overseas.

Lost Revenues (4, Interesting)

VorpalRodent (964940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822639)

So, based on the MPAA model for determining damages, doesn't 300K bootleg DVDs represent something approaching the GDP of many small nations? I mean, I haven't done the math, but 300K, times $10 on the shelf at Walmart, means that these companies lost somewhere over $200B.

Considering he received flags, which have a monetary value, he was getting revenue from this operation. This is a criminal enterprise of epic proportions.

This 92 year old man, a patriot, who supported hundreds of thousands of troops who were serving their country...must be the absolute scum of the earth.

But seriously - as long as I can make it patriotic and for a great cause, I can get away with something that has quite clearly crossed the line into "This has got to be illegal, no matter how you cut it"? Doesn't that suggest something is wrong with the law in the first place? What if I was making bootlegs for crippled orphans?

But I thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822649)

...piracy caused terrorism. That is what the MPAA said

Good for him (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822653)

This just proves my point if you copy and mail them riaa has no clue and can't do much about it. Oh let me guess they are going to put him in jail for the rest of his life for "Helping out our troops in war". Way to go USA, "aint that america for you and me".

He is a hero. (0)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822655)

Anyone that is against what that man did is a terrorist and should be labelled as an enemy of the US troops.

Just proving... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822707)

... that they're still the greatest generation. That's awesome.

Wow. (3, Insightful)

Cosgrach (1737088) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822747)

This man is a hero.

Reel-to-reel film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39822755)

Most (but not all) locations have built up MWR facilities and have access to projectors or a dedicated movie theater. It's not like the MPAA is sending black and white silent films or anything. That said, usually the movies they showed were usually at least 6 months behind the times so not a lot of people really cared.

When I was there, the hottest commodities in the underground movie trading market were usually bootleg cam vids of the most recent releases.

PR Opportunity (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822757)

This would be a great chance for the MPAA to stand up and say "We cannot condone pirating videos, but to show our appreciation for our troops, we're going to send 500,000 free DVD movies to the troops". Then in the fine print, it will say "And all 500,000 are copies of Pluto Nash [imdb.com] that were gathering dust in a warehouse".

When gramps is doing it, the battle is over (5, Insightful)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#39822765)

When old guys who tend to be "conservative" are doing things like this, the battle is over. I'm picturing an Iwo Jima like flag planted over the smoking, bombed-out corpse-strewn wastelands of the **AA orgs.

The old guys are relaxing and smoking a J when that flag is properly planted too. You google around, you see plenty of people with gray hair smoking pot. Same deal. The DEA and the **AAs just haven't got the memo yet, so watch out; but they are dead, Dead, DEAD. As soon as a Gen-Ys get into power, so fucking DEAD.

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