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MPAA Goes After Home Entertainment Systems

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 402

philba writes to tell us that home theaters may become the new jurisdiction of our MPAA overlords. The MPAA is lobbying to make sure that home users authorize their entertainment systems before any in-home viewings. From the article: "The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29" with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown."

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The disgrace of it all (4, Informative)

linuxci (3530) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013586)

It's a disgrace that the MPAA are doing this, who says it's up to them to control what we do in our own home. Does it matter if we're watching it on a 14" screen or a 40" screen or even on an iPod?? The MPAA have gone too far with this, I'm packing up and moving to a country where this can't happen. I bet Microsoft will support this move.

Oh wait, it's satire :) Still, these sites shouldn't give the MPAA any ideas.

Re:The disgrace of it all (4, Funny)

davidmcg (796487) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013602)

Oh wait, it's satire :)
That's what they want you to believe! Actually the MPAA only chooses ideas that the satire sites have rejected due to the idea being too crazy to be believed.

Re:The disgrace of it all (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014120)

and after all that americans claim to be the most free nation in the world?
Dear fellows americans - your country is the largest prison in the world and the news is a prove of it

Wow. (1, Insightful)

Somatic (888514) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013588)

This would be funny, if the government didn't listen to them half of the time.

Re:Wow. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013864)

Its even funnier that people dont know bbspot is pure, 100% FAKE!!!!

It really funny that you fell for it, its funny that people submit these stories that are total flamebaits, and its down right sad/funny that /. editors actual post them!

FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013596)

First Post?

Re:FP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013628)

That is so 1997!

yawn (5, Informative)

rm999 (775449) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013600)

Bbspot is a satire site. This story is not real. I would have more of a sense of humor about it if the story was actually funny.

Re:yawn (-1, Troll)

some2 (563218) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013620)

Conveniently digg.com listed it a day ago, as did fark...

Good job slashdot...

Re:yawn (3, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013666)

>Conveniently digg.com listed it a day ago, as did fark...
Oh man, if only I'd realised it was a race. Thanks for the heads up.

MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausible. (5, Interesting)

Cordath (581672) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013882)

I don't understand the MPAA. In ways they're even more idiotic than RIAA. Let's take an example...

I'm sure most people have come across MPAA's anti-piracy adds. For example, there's that one that starts out by saying:

"YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR..."

Now, let's just stop for a moment and consider the one segment of viewers who are 100% guaranteed to see this ad: Legitimate customers. What is the car-world equivalent of legitimate customers? Car owners. When was the last time you got into your car and saw a big sign saying "YOU WOULDN'T PIRATE A MOVIE!" spraypainted across your windshield? What about the candy equivalent? How often do you buy a Coffee Crisp only to open it up and find, drizzled onto the top of the bar in iridescent-green super-sour gummy, "YOU WOULDN'T POACH ELK OUT OF SEASON...". Does IHOP serve pancakes with motor-oil drizzled on top of them to spell out "YOU WOULDN'T EAT YOUR NEIGHBOR'S KIDNEY WITH A NICE CHIANTI AND SOME FAVA BEANS..."

Only the MPAA is insane enough to take the one thing they have to offer a customer and deliberately vandalize it in a way that only their legitimate customers are likely to see. The scary thing is that these morons have enough money to lobby the government for stuff nearly as crazy as in the linked spoof. Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing if people did pirate movies a little more so that the MPAA didn't have quite so much money to throw around in Washington.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013926)

Coffee Crisp makes a nice, light snack.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (4, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013942)

Ironically, I hate those ads so much that it's rather put me off buying DVDs. I guess that means at least I'm not going to copy it.

A friend of mine simply copied all her discs to her PC to circumvent it.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (2, Interesting)

pubjames (468013) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014090)

Ironically, I hate those ads so much that it's rather put me off buying DVDs.

Ironically, I copy the movies off DVDs just so I don't have to watch that crap.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (5, Insightful)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014114)

Actually the funny thing is, that those ads probably are one of the major factors why moviegoer numbers are steeply declining. First of all there are the ads, then the insults and then the trailers. I guess the insults pushed it over the top for many. If I look into my own surrounding, there used to be a lot of people who went to the theatre once a week. Nowadays it is only twice per year, and it basically was due to the ads, and the insults. I recently went with them into a movie, after 10 minutes of constant ads we were close to walking out, the following piracy insult basically did it to ruin the experience entirely! Needless to say, no theatre visit anymore for the following months by anyone of us!

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014164)

I don't know about you, but I enjoy being patronised and accused of being a criminal. Insults just add to the experience.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (1)

Shawn is an Asshole (845769) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014174)

I stopped going to the movies for a few reasons. One of the main ones are all the "anti-piracy" ads I have to see every time I go there. Those damn "you wouldn't steal a car" ads on DVDs are one of the reasons I stopped buying DVDs. I bought the fucking movie, why do I have to see that? It doesn't make sense. For now I just rent or use Bittorrent. Fuck 'em.

Re:MPAA: So retarded this stuff's actually plausib (5, Interesting)

simm1701 (835424) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014176)

Every time I see those adds I want to report them to the advertising standards agency for making false claim and accusations.

How I understand it making a private copy of a dvd, or downloading one (ie piracy by their definition) is breach of copywrite, which is a civil offense, not a criminal offense.

Since it is not a criminal offense then it cannot be described as a crime (by the definition of the word).

Since the advert says it is it is suggesting that people who may or may not be commitinga civil offense are criminals which seems to me is slander...

But then again IANAL, though I would find it ratehr amusing if the ASA banned their trailers in the uk til they changed them (same for the ones about TV licenses for those that don't have or want TV but thats a completely different rant)

Satire? (5, Informative)

ddent (166525) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013614)

This is satire, right? Right? Please say its satire.

Re:Satire? (5, Interesting)

witte (681163) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014050)

It's interesting that there is actually doubt enough, and that people would almost believe MPAA would try to pull something like this off.

bbspot.com is a satire site (2, Insightful)

Satorian (902590) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013616)

From their about [bbspot.com] site:

Called "the world's greatest tech humour site" by The Register, BBspot creates entertainment for the geekier side of the world. BBspot produces a variety of features like fake news stories satirizing the tech and political worlds, the BBspot Mailbag which pokes fun at the Believers (people who believe our fake news) and much more.

Aren't there any editors around here?

Re:bbspot.com is a satire site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013726)

Are there any eyeballs around your cranial region? Perhaps if there were, you'd see the foot icon on the right of the story before posting. Slashdot editors have their faults (and they are many), but you just put that foot icon far enough into your mouth that you should probably refrain from trying to trot them out so readily, lest you be similarly judged. And how!

Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (5, Interesting)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013618)

You know, you really should warn us of the site you're sending us to in these kinds of cases. Because I wouldn't put this past the MPAA for reals.

And the newly elected congress might be just busy enough to say 'sure sure' and pass something like this through.

I prefer the other MPAA story they have on their site though: MPAA to Thwart Pirates By Making All Movies Suck [bbspot.com] (It would be funnier if it wasn't so true.)

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (4, Informative)

Saib0t (204692) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013682)

You know, you really should warn us of the site you're sending us to in these kinds of cases.
"from the jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept." and the foot icon "it's funny, laugh" should be more than enough for everyone. Except the blind ;-)

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (3, Funny)

Duds (100634) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013994)

Heaven forbid people actually expect "News for nerds, stuff that matters" rather than "Fucking retarded email joke of the week."

What's next? Zonk posting "I'm getting $10million for Nigeria"?

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (1)

akozakie (633875) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014060)

Yeah, sure. And where is the "dept." and icon in the RSS feed? Not everybody looks at the main page all that often. I browse through the RSS topics, read some (if the topic looks like something I care about) and only follow the link if the story seems interesting enough to merit RTFA and discussion. If I hadn't decided this story was worth reading in full, I would NEVER know this was a parody. It certainly seems plausible enough, knowing MPAA.

Hey, editors! Isn't that something that should be fixed in a hurry? "News for nerds" shouldn't mean misinformation! RSS without a way to indicate a known joke may turn a parody into FUD!

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014186)

Nono, blind interpreting software would read all that out, so even blind people would understand its a joke.

As for the "wtf, this is a news site why is this here", last time i looked into it (about 5-6 years back, when slashcode was readable before breakfast), its a communal blog with a comment system.

I like getting a funny every now and again, even newspapers have cartoons in them ^_^

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (1)

linuxci (3530) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013688)

The foot icon is meant to indicate humour and also look at the heading of the article:
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on 9:22 Tuesday 28 November 2006
from the jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept.
So I'd say you had been warned, if they made it too obvious that it was satire then it'd be less funny (whether it was funny to begin with is subjective of course).

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (1)

electrosoccertux (874415) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013892)

News submissions like this are very bad for /.'s credibility. I'm starting to see why people laugh when I talk about national security issues and, when asked where I'm reading about these things, I say "slashdot". Editors please make sure the site is legit.

Re:Yay for joke sites submitted as news! (1)

Petronius.Scribe (1020097) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014080)

From the "Movies Suck" article referenced above (which is completely made up and was published in March):

For the near future, studios are rushing to raise the suck level in existing franchises. [...] The film rights to The Hobbit have been wrestled from Peter Jackson and given to George Lucas.

Oh dear...

One month too late, MPAA (3, Funny)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013624)

Your deadline for getting that law signed, passed on November the 7th.

*writes letter to Congresswoman Matsui JUST IN CASE*

I hope this passes (0)

Starvingboy (964130) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013632)

I hope this passes. It's so absurd that it SHOULD wake people up.

Re:I hope this passes (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013788)

"I hope this passes. It's so absurd that it SHOULD wake people up."

If it does pass I'm gonna get a 400ft screen and put one comfortable chair in front of it. It will also have a stereo system so absurd it WILL wake people up.

This can't _be_ real. (3, Funny)

Armagguedes (873270) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013634)

Seriously WTF. Not to doubt BBSpot's credibility, but i can't believe this is real. If it is (and we are royally screwed), what's the source then. YHBT?

It's fake news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013642)

bbspot is a comedy site, the 'original' news is Onionesc. Slashdot editors don't know bbspot and somebodies taken advantage of them.

Re:It's fake news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013768)

Hmmm... that's why ScuttleMonkey took all that time to byline it with "jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get" ... I think you're onto something, Sherlock.

Big bad studios put out trash (0, Troll)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013644)

The heaving entertainment business bleeds slimy pus out their sphincters. Ultimately, consumers kvetch silently.

I for one... (1)

tehSpork (1000190) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013646)

I for one do not welcome our (less than new) MPAA overlords. The time for revolution is nigh, I say we can take them. :)

MPAA has no shame... (1, Insightful)

Exitar (809068) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013650)

"Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends," said Glickman. "Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn't always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.

Justice? The American Way? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013658)

I swear the MPAA (as well as the RIAA) has to be on some pretty hard core drugs. Either that or they certainly live in a completely different reality than 95% of the rest of the world. If there are any majority of judges that would ever even consider this to be in any way just or fair then I have lost all my faith in the American Way. :(

I dunno what's scarier (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013668)

That some people don't get the joke or that I can understand well why they don't.

Re:I dunno what's scarier (2, Insightful)

ComaVN (325750) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013730)

Indeed. It's not crazier than cabdrivers having to pay for putting on the radio.

Artificial scarcity (1)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013684)

The quotes in the article has to be fake, or are they really that bat-shit crazy?

I undestand that they want to protect profits, but the underlying problem - digital information can be reproduced, which removes the concept of scarcity (except for storage, network bandwidth and consumer time) is not going to go away. They are going to have to keep coming up with more and more draconion countermeasures, accept a certain amount of piracy, or move to another business.

What is next, chopping down the world's trees because it threatens oxygen manufacturer profits?

So what DOES buying a DVD get you the rights for? (2, Insightful)

kraada (300650) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013686)

"Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too", Dan Glickman, head of the MPAA (FTA).

Now, I really want to know this: So, what rights do we get for buying a DVD? The right to watch it by my lonesome? Should each family of four have to pay for four copies of a movie? If I want to watch a DVD with my girlfriend, should I have to buy two copies? If I could get four copies worth if I had a familiy, why couldn't a single guy invite three of his buddies over to watch the film? Am I really supposed to believe that buying a DVD merely allows ONE person to watch the DVD and no more?

Because, to be perfectly honest, 75% of the reason I buy a DVD is to show it to friends that haven't seen it already. My DVD library is a collection of movies I think everyone should see (and I wouldn't mind watching repeatedly). If I were "not allowed" to buy DVDs with this express purpose, I don't think I would buy any at all. I don't rewatch movies all that often on my own; when I want to see a movie -- especially alone -- I want to see something new.

In short: This is ridiculous. I wish there were an effective way to do something about it.

Re:So what DOES buying a DVD get you the rights fo (1)

badman99 (674229) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013750)

Soooooo......What kind of movies do you watch when you invite your buddies over ? :)

Re:So what DOES buying a DVD get you the rights fo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014144)

dude you've got a girlfriend?

Umm (1)

vincpa (646684) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013690)

There are some really stupid people in this world...like really stupid. How the hell is this going to be enforced?

Re:Umm (1)

linuxci (3530) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013790)

There are some really stupid people in this world...like really stupid.
Yes we know you are :)

We're all dooooomed? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013692)

Given that other articles linked to from BBSpot's site have taglines such as "Microsoft Purchases Evil From Satan", "MPAA to Thwart Pirates by Making All Movies Suck" and "RIAA Wants Background Check on CD-RW Buyers", I think we're all probably safe for a bit longer.

Seriously guys, ever heard of "Satire"?

It's all fun and games (1, Redundant)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013696)

Until a satire site gives the industry ideas. Seriously. What bone-headed MBA wouldn't look at this and go - hey - what a great idea! Now whose the dumbfuck?

Re:It's all fun and games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013948)

I'm gonna go with the guy who confuses "whose" and "who's"

For the Slashdot Novices... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013700)

The Monty Python foot means "humor." This is satire.

Though I do not think I have seen too many satirical articles presented in this manner, without at least a "wink" or tell in the summary (except for April Fool's Day, of course.) Trying to trick the readers with a joke article is a little too Farkish in my opinion...

Re:For the Slashdot Novices... (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013774)

Trying to trick the readers with a joke article

John C. Dvorak notwithstanding.

There is something worse (3, Insightful)

davmoo (63521) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013720)

There is something that's worse than the MPAA regulating home theaters. And that's Slashdot posting a link to an obvious satire piece and a great many of its readers (and possibly a certain editor) not having the intelligence to realize that its satire.

P.T. Barnum was right.

Re:There is something worse (4, Insightful)

pryonic (938155) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013746)

They did notice, it's from the "jokes-that-some-people-just-wont-get dept" if you look at the header of the article. Just a bit of humour.

29"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013756)

Clearly, nobody's considered the obvious: since flatpanels don't emit the same radiation as a CRT, you can sit *much* closer -- a 19" LCD at arm's length is much bigger than a 35" CRT six feet away, and has better resolution. If stupidity such as this ever makes it from MPAA's wet dreams to Congress, I'll just screw both MPAA and the consumer electronics industry by attaching my 21" widescreen LCD to a wall-mounted VESA arm.

Got a good laugh out of that one... (2, Interesting)

zuki (845560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013762)

Actually, the site in question has a lot more satirical (and IT-oriented) funny stories.

Perhaps not on the BOFH level, but still they have some pretty witty stuff, like God Going After Bible Pirates [bbspot.com], or Sony's Self-Destructing DVD Player(TM) [bbspot.com] Most of these skits are several years old, but still very relevant today.

. Thanks for posting this!

Z.

Slightly off-topic but.. (1)

n1hilist (997601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013772)

I know the article is satire, but I have a comment about a similar siutation but with video games:

When I buy a PC game for myself, sometimes my gf wants to play multiplayer with me. I recently purchased Dark Messiah, now, AFAIK I need to own two legal copies, just so we could deathmatch now and then.

That's bullshit.

I know some games allow you to multiplayer with a few friends by (legally) installing the client side of the multiplayer version onto several computers.

I personally have not tried installing more than one copy of Dark Messiah just yet, but I assume this is the case, as it seems to be with most games.

I think it should either be allowed or, when you purchase a game you can purchase a second license for a cheap fee which would allow multiplayer and/or the full single player version to be installed.

Re:Slightly off-topic but.. (2, Funny)

Captain Zep (908554) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013828)

When I buy a PC game for myself, sometimes my gf wants to play multiplayer with me.

So what's the problem? Put the game down, and go play.

Z.

Re:Slightly off-topic but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014202)

I totally agree that it can be a pain to purchase two copies of a game when all I want is a little local multiplayer. But to answer the original question, I suspect the distinction goes something like this:

When you watch a DVD with friends, you are all sharing in the same experience, but the thing you purchased (the movie disc) is only playing on one piece of hardware.

When you play a multiplayer game with friends, (barring those that allow players to play on the same machine) you are all sharing in the same experience, but now the thing you purchased (the game disc) needs to be playing in many pieces of hardware at once.

An analogy might be that you can't play a DVD in two different players at once, even if you were trying to keep them in sync.

Go ahead... make my day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013780)

They can pry my remote control from my cold dead hands.

Any post past the 4th post.... (1)

deft (253558) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013792)

that berates the MPAA needs to read a bit and deserves a flame!

I must admit I came in too post agrily... and read that it was satire.

This is one of those RTFA times for sure.

Worst Idea Ever... (0, Redundant)

TheSexican (796334) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013810)

Wow, if this doesn't cause a shit fit among people who have money to burn (and hence, power and influence) then I don't know what will... So is it ok if I have a projector and only have it project onto a 27" screen. Or is the fact that it is a projector and is capable of displaying larger images going to mean that it needs to be registered? Will this cost be "factored" into the cost of large screen TVs and projectors?

Great idea! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17013820)

I actually think this is a GREAT idea. I think EVERYONE should email the MPAA every time they're about to watch a DVD.

That should probably be per person viewing, in fact.

Easy solution (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013880)

"Inch" is legally a slang term, without an official meaning in a court of law (unless the measurement is given primarily in official units, with an inch translation in brackets). So my TV set is smaller than 29 inches -- nas long as you consider an inch to be 36mm. or more. Problem solved!

humour? (whoosh...) (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013898)

I can't believe anyone didn't realise this was humour within the first couple of seconds. How many clues do you people need? I've been to a few sites like this lampooning Bush, Christians, whatever and the amount of posts from people who take the stories literally is quite honestly frightening.

You've got to be kidding? (1)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013914)

This is absolutely stupid. If you are not making any money off the movie, it isn't commercial, and thus private use. Since you already paid for it for private use, then that is just.

Furthermore, so what if you invite friends over to view it? Are you making a profit off of them? Does that really prevent them from simply going out and buying a personal copy for themselves? How many people here saw a movie in a theatre, at a friends house, or on a charter bus, and went out and bought it later on?

By the way, I don't believe the MPAA is any sort of government agency, and thus they have no authority. God forbid if any judge is stupid enough to give them any more credence than the average Joe out there. Whatever happened to common sense?!?!

I know it's satire, but... (4, Funny)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013924)

...don't you have the tiniest fear that someone in MPAA headquarters isn't reading and thinking, "Great Scott!! It's brilliant!"

Wouldn't surprise me if they tried (1)

aliabadi (1018798) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013954)

In the UK everyone who owns a TV set is required by law to purchase a TV license for that TV set... and not surprisingly anyone who doesn't have a license is a suspect "license-dodger". If they catch you using one without a TV license you could actually face jail-time.

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/international/bbc.htm l [turnoffyourtv.com]

This isn't funny... (1)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013966)

This isn't funny. I am sick and tired of satire sites being posted on news sites. There is a place for satire, and it is called on the satire site itself.

Any slashdot admins reading this, whenever satire is submitted, please make the tag so huge no one can mistake it for actual news.

Re:This isn't funny... (1)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014004)

Surely no one reads Slashdot for news any more? There are far better places to get nerd news, Slashdot is just a tech community comment site, whatever the slogan says.

Sweet hook. I bit, but (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 7 years ago | (#17013968)

I got off it really quick. I found the article funny as hell once I realized it was bogus. But, it seems now the humor department link is in the article. There must be bonuses for captcha viewing impressions. Cuz, I sure dont' see many ads... Captchas can become Gotchas...

Captcha: "analyze"

(well, in THIS case, it could be anal-ize considering the unnecessary vitriol and anger that quickly popped up...

Or, anal-eyes, since it seems weird stuff gets put up, as if well, impressions are in vogue or something...)

Yes, this is clearly satire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014038)

Therefore I suggest you mod up any posts which fell for the story

What the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014130)

Can we please leave the bbspot links to fark? Their collective IQ is at least low enough to find some humour in it.

You Fail IT! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014136)

lead 7o 'cleaner contributed code

I have two projectors and surround sound. (1)

crhylove (205956) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014150)

I have two projectors and surround sound.

My address is:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Come and get me coppers!

The saddest thing (1)

AlphaLop (930759) | more than 7 years ago | (#17014162)

about this article is that it is almost believable.... The fact that many people upon first reading the article would actually find it even quasi believable illustrates exactly how out of control the MPAA and RIAA have become in our society.

I don't know what you think.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014192)

..but I, for one, welcome our new MPAA overlords.

Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17014200)

It's not enforceable in the homes of private citizens.
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