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MPAA Opens Anti-filesharing Website

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the sounds-of-annoyance dept.

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PontifexPrimus writes "The MPAA's new advertising campaign against movie piracy has a home on the internet. Did you know that 'Network users have a back door to your hard drive while you're online, thereby seeing your personal, private information, such as bank records, social security number, etc.'? Learn about the dangers of filesharing!"

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Because without KaZaa.... (3, Funny)

OwnerOfWhinyCat (654476) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602204)

....your Microsoft O/S is completely secure [securityfocus.org] .

Re:Because without KaZaa.... (2, Informative)

Tarqwak (599548) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602331)

... and since Microsoft Internet Explorer is also part of the operating system it must be secure too, right? Unfortunately some rogue "experts" [pivx.com] are tying to prove otherwise but don't trust them! Those infidel bastards!

MSIE and programs embedding its MSHTML engine are totally secure and trustworthy, mkay!?

One word. (5, Insightful)

James A. A. Joyce (681634) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602205)

The be-all and end-all word: FUD.

Need I say more?

So. (5, Funny)

emf (68407) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602206)

I ran a file share app, someone "hacked" my computer and put those .mp3's there. It wasn't me. ;)

Anybody mirror the site yet? ;)

What really happens (5, Insightful)

AndyFewt (694753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602216)

For those of you who *always* wondered what happens When you download movies illegally:
#1. You're cheating yourself.. absolutely, I divorce myself!
#2. You're threatening the livelihood of thousands.. just the MPAA member company shareholders/execs
#3. Your computer is vulnerable.. avi/mpeg/mov can carry a virus? Learn something new everyday!
#4. You're breaking the law.. >:]

The best part of their site was their "Music Games & More" section where they say "Did you know that you can download the latest songs", I wonder what the RIAA would think.

"Don't cheat yourself (the poor shareholders/execs) out of the magic (new yacht/ferrari). Movies - They're worth it (HONEST!)!"

I don't know about other people, but I know that all of the movies have downloaded in the past I had actually paid to go see them before/after I had downloaded it and/or bought the dvd if I thought it was good. Not even Kazaa can beat Dolby 5.1 and a dvd picture :)

Re:What really happens (4, Informative)

The Mayor (6048) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602240)

Actually, the Windows Media Player has had several known buffer overflow problems. A carefully chosen media file could therefore exploit this buffer overflow to execute malicious code after the buffer overflow error is encountered. Although I am unaware of any such bugs in other media viewing software, I am sure that they exist.

Re:What really happens (5, Interesting)

AndyFewt (694753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602308)

I personally don't use Windows Media Player, never had. But like you said, it requires a carefully chosen media file which would exploit it, execute the code and do this without anyone suspecting it. I believe MS said that they had no evidence anyone had exploited it. The bugs probably do exist in other software but whether they will buffer overflow and execute the code you want is another matter. But either way, the virus in any file would probably be crafted for one specific problem in one specific (popular) media player.

MP3 exploit exists in Windows XP; Video at 11 (5, Informative)

Ho-Lee-Chow (679844) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602367)

There is a more serious MP3 buffer exploit [microsoft.com] in the Windows Shell of Windows XP (including SP1). All you have to do is hover the mouse pointer over an MP3 or file with a corrupted ID3 tag to trigger the exploit. Sure, that may not be the easiest way to spread a virus or a backdoor trojan, but what about code that simply formats your hard drive? I'm sure there are plenty of trojan EXEs that will gladly re-format your HD; now what if hovering your mouse over an MP3 could have the same effect? That would be a great method for "destroying" filesharers' PCs a la Senator Orrin Hatch.

Microsoft is quite innovative in the field of security. They find ways to open up exploits in all kinds of data formats that were previously thought to be safe: MP3s, WMAs, E-mail, etc. (Okay, that was a bit of a troll and extremely unoriginal, but what the hell.)

Reason #2 (4, Insightful)

CrowScape (659629) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602277)

With movies taking in more money every year and with DVD sales growing by leaps and bounds, if those thousands of Industry employees aren't getting enough money I would think the problem does not lie with illegal downloads.

Re:What really happens (5, Interesting)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602290)

"Don't cheat yourself out of the magic. Movies - They're worth it!"

I know there's a plan to run commericals in theatres that are along those lines, but the last movie I saw in the theatre (T3) had a commerical for one of the local broadband providers with the tag line "listen to music online". Talk about mixed messages eh?

I don't know about other people, but I know that all of the movies have downloaded in the past I had actually paid to go see them before/after I had downloaded it and/or bought the dvd if I thought it was good. Not even Kazaa can beat Dolby 5.1 and a dvd picture :)

I'm the same. If I think it's going to be good, I'll see it in the theatre. If it's exceptional, I'll buy the DVD, even after I've downloaded it (after seeing it in the theatre). On the other hand, if it's a steaming pile of shit like Pearl Harbour (Thank heaven I didn't pay to see that abortion), I'll delete it immediately and contemplate sending a bill the the studio for the wasted time/bandwidth/disk space.

Re:What really happens (4, Insightful)

erasmus_ (119185) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602311)

Just the MPAA member company shareholders/execs? Since you sound very knowledgeable about the topic, can you explain exactly how actors, directors, cinematographers, writers, or even key grips get paid when you pirate a movie and don't pay a dime for it? Or how about computer people just like us, who work on the special effects, or just install and support the computers for the people involved with a movie? You're going to save me a lot of guilt from downloading, so I await the answer anxiously. Thanks!

Re:What really happens (2, Informative)

AndyFewt (694753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602360)

As far as I was aware, the majority of the "crew" for the films are paid a flat rate before the movie goes out. Then specific people (mostly the copyright holder.. aka the company aka its shareholders/execs) get a cut of any profits from boxoffice/dvd/vhs.. I know the director and actors usually do get a slice of the profits depending on their contracts etc.

Obviously I do not know the actual payment structure of the whole movie industry and am making some guesses. Downloading the movie and not paying to see it/buy it on dvd is wrong. I believe artists/actors/directors should get paid for their skills, which is why I will pay to see the movies I like the look of and/or will buy the dvd.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KARMA WHORES (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602219)

I have submitted a story regarding an old version of Perl being resurrected: namely, Perl 1.0. This story has been accepted. I'm informing you in advance so that you may prepare karma whoring comments for the story, which should be on the front page in just a few hours. It's not very substantial, and the linked "article" just has a quote from a poem and a link to the download, so you won't be able to karma whore by reposting those. If you want a quick upmod, try making vague references to Perl's foibles or it's early similarity to awk.

Re:IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KARMA WHORES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602302)

Mispelling and a dig at python [slashdot.org]

Oughta do well.

Respect copyrights! Make fair use available! (1)

lavalyn (649886) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602221)

The *AA can't have it all.

Re:Respect copyrights! Make fair use available! (1)

Bradmont (513167) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602364)

Shouldn't that be 2pi (or 2n(pi), whatever)? Pi is only a semi-circle.

Reminds me (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602223)

...of the movie "Truman Show" where Jim Carrey is in the travel agency, and one of the posters on the wall shows a jumbo jet being hit by lightning. The caption on the poster read "This could happen to YOU!"

LOL! Sometimes FUD is funny.

Mirror (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602224)

In case this pathetic site (or routes to this pathetic site) get slashdotted, here [martin-studio.com] is a mirror to the main page, but it's mostly flash so it probably won't do much good. Here [martin-studio.com] is a mirror to just that one popup mentioned in the article. Like we're really going to need a mirror for all this...but hey. Just in case.

Re:Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602369)

I'm pretty sure that this mirror will be recieving a letter from RIAA lawyers demanding a few grand in damages in the very near future...

ObJoke (-1, Redundant)

istartedi (132515) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602225)

If it gets Slashdotted, will somebody please post a mirror?

Re:ObJoke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602289)

I would if I knew it wouldn't get broken in transit. I wouldn't want to give the postman seven years bad luck!!!

Are You uncircumcised? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602227)

Then you should be ashamed. That shit is just NASTY and GROSS. You uncircumcised filth make me want to PUKE. That is why I don't use the linux kernel, it is mostly created by UNCIRCUMCISED filth like Alan "uncut" Cox, and Linus "long forskin" torvalds. I use the HURD kernel because it is made by quality circumcised people like RMS.

We need to start a collection to fund Alan and Linus' circumcision so I can use the Linux kernel without having to support something created by UNCIRCUMCISED filth! How could a woman even THINK of giving a man a blow job to such a penis? Women DEMAND circumcised men, and that is a FACT!

Mod Parent Up! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602287)

Moderators must be on crack. Uncircumcised cocks are Nasty!

Re:Are You uncircumcised? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602309)

I know you're mad that your religious zealot parents had a peice of your cock chopped off while you where only a baby.

Don't be jelous at the rest of the world that still enjoys an unmutilated schlong, ok.

Re:Are You uncircumcised? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602337)

Fuck you, jew. Isreal will not prevail. Sieg Heil!

This makes you almost wonder (3, Interesting)

Hertog (136401) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602229)

Have they, besides seeding the P2P networks with bogus files, also started spreading virii?

I wouldn't be surprised a bit.

Umm oops? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602232)

damn 12 posts and already the server's gone... I wonder if the MPAA used some of their moviemaking (ripping-off) profits and bought themselves a real fatpipe?.... guess not.

Re:Umm oops? (3, Informative)

AndyFewt (694753) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602274)

Maybe they're using that same ISP that the RIAA uses (Tomorrow's Solutions Today, Inc), but after further investigation, they are on Ware(z)net, but of course we'll have to put this bit of information in (not that they have learnt from the RIAA but..) Windows 2000 - Microsoft-IIS/5.0 and for those who havent checked netcraft, it's also running on the same ip as mpaa.org

I think the MPAA just.... (5, Funny)

The Analog Kid (565327) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602235)

learned about the dangers of the slashdot effect.

Re:I think the MPAA just.... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602270)

I think anyone who keeps posting lame slashdotting jokes should learn about the dangers of having a large object inserted into one's rectum.

Re:I think the MPAA just.... (1)

The Clockwork Troll (655321) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602343)

Please, fill us in.

Re:I think the MPAA just.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602377)

It hurts. The person will never tell a slashdotting joke again. Nuff said.

Re:I think the MPAA just.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602347)

fuck you, you fucking cumvat

Re:I think the MPAA just.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602362)

Good one. Must remember it for the next time I unmount your mom.

~hI~ (-1, Flamebait)

FireHotQuotesTroll (693013) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602236)

..WhEn A gUrL LoVeZ a GuY..
..ThE SwEeTeSt ThiNg iN ThE wOrLd..
..iS 2 HeAr HiM AdMiT ThAt He TrEaSuReZ hEr..

From the site (1, Redundant)

Libor Vanek (248963) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602238)

If people take the films for free and the Studios can't recoup their investment, they may not be able to make the big summer movies we all enjoy so much; the TITANICs, the SPIDER-MANs, the JURASSIC PARKs.

Who the f. cares if there is no more Titanic? And by the way - Spider man earned a LOT even in Kazaa times :)

If you do download files (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602239)

called "Hot and Horney Trojan" and "It came from Outer Space and ate my hard drive" what do you expect?

Rus

Good luck guys (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602242)

I hope their security is up to scratch...

Re:Good luck guys (5, Funny)

ceejayoz (567949) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602271)

If they're anything like RIAA, they'll be hacked pretty quickly...

The RIAA website used to have an unpassword protected administration page at riaa.org/admin/ - helpfully pointed out by robots.txt!

The link got posted on FARK and Slashdot and several hundred fake news items got posted (including everyone's favorite goatse man) until they finally took it down.

Whoops!

And these are the people some Congressmen want to trust to hack filesharer's computers to remove copywritten works? Heh heh heh...

Learn about the dangers of the /. Effect! (4, Funny)

bdigit (132070) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602243)

Posting an article on slashdot is a new method hackers are using in order to carry out DDoS attacks on websites they dont like. Will you be next? Protect your site today!

Parent is FUNNY not REDUNDANT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602268)

mod up not down!

NOT FUNNY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602348)

Parent is not funny, it's your sense of humor that's broken. HaHAHAhAhAhAAAHAHAHA It's SLASHdoTTed!!! FUNNEY JokeZ!!! HehehehEhEhehhEE!! I hope you die a horrible, painful death. No, really, I do.

Someone needs to write a song about FUD (1)

mwarps (2650) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602245)

So that way we can have something "legitimate" to share using Kazaa/etc.

What a load of monkey bollocks.

Welcome to *AA where everything we say is canon truth, or else we'll sue you!

Re:Someone needs to write a song about FUD (1)

flewp (458359) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602380)

Welcome to *AA where everything we say is canon truth, or else we'll sue you!

Tell me about it. This one time the FAA sued me followed by a lawsuit by AAA because I tried to make a flying car and got a flat tire.

Show THEM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602246)

Somone needs to *wn this site.

Re:Show THEM! (1)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602374)

Pwning that site doesn't really help though. That only shows them how malicious file sharer's can be. Letting the site run its course is much better because then we don't get the blame for taking it down and making the whole filesharing community look even less legitimate. So please, any script-kiddies or even more hardcore hackers, don't mess with the site for the good of filesharing.

MPAA/Kazaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602247)

Why does the MPAA care about Kazaa anyway? I think this is just to give their stockholders an excuse, as well as a positive outlook. Downloading a 300*240 mpg just doesn't compare to the vhs or dvd, let alone a movie theater. If anything, it *promotes* the movies.

Re:MPAA/Kazaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602341)

Actually this SVCD I download is almost EXACTLY like an SVCD!

Oh wait, it IS an SVCD.

Heh.

Oh well.

New anti-priacy policy... (5, Funny)

groove10 (266295) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602248)

Only produce movies starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, that way... No one will want to pirate them because they suck so bad!

Re:New anti-priacy policy... (4, Funny)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602338)

It's turkey time. Gobble, gobble.

I'm safe! (5, Funny)

worst_name_ever (633374) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602251)

I was worried when I read this article, until I remembered that I am immune to this kind of thing ever since I bought the software that prevents my computer from broadcasting an IP address. I'm so glad I clicked on that popup ad!

Are these the same guys... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602253)

Hey, are these the same guys that put 'Hackers' and 'The Matrix' into theaters?

Just checking.

Re:Are these the same guys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602288)

Ya they suck already for producing garbage like hackers.

This is great! (4, Funny)

Megor1 (621918) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602254)

You also become a distribution source for illegal downloading of movies, music and more, which makes you just as responsible if you had downloaded the movie yourself.

So the riaa should really sue the riaa since they were offering songs for download when their website got broken into?

You're Cheating Yourself (5, Insightful)

error502 (694533) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602258)

Most of the time, the movies available for download on the Internet are obtained when someone sneaks a camcorder into a theatre and illegally records the movie up on the screen. The sound isn't right, the picture isn't in focus, people are walking in front of the camera, and scenes are missing. Is that any way to experience the magic of the movies?

Is what any way to experience the magic of the movies? Free? I think it's a great way.

Only 4 out of 10 films turn a profit.

6 out of 10 films suck.

Do you really want fewer movies to choose from?

Gladly. Maybe they'll be forced to make movies that aren't complete shit.

Re:You're Cheating Yourself (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602318)

The sound isn't right, the picture isn't in focus, people are walking in front of the camera, and scenes are missing. Is that any way to experience the magic of the movies? Don't take LSD or any other type of illegal substance and that won't happen.

haha (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602259)

"Congress passed the first U.S. copyright law in 1790. Since then, nearly every country in the world has adopted some form of copyright law."

Well first of all that's not even true but let's pretend it was so I can make a snippy comment...

Ya, well America made the first atomic bomb back in the 40s and since then nearly every country in the world has them or is at least trying to make them. Once again thanks for leading the way to a bright future America!!!

Glad? (2, Insightful)

sporty (27564) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602261)

Am I the only one that is glad that my well being, that "cheating myself" is so much more important than "breaking the law"?

I won't bother debunking 3 or even talking about 2... but don't you love how they try and manipulate priorities?

Slashdotting Bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602263)

You all realize that the MPAA is going to point to the slashdotting as proof that their FUD campaign is working.

Remember, people are only violating copyrights because they don't realize they're breaking laws and hurting artists.

Cheating myself? (5, Insightful)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602264)

Here's an idea MPAA. You can use this one for free, and I'm putting it in the public domain for you. Because you have such high opinions of movies such as "TITANIC" and "SPIDER-MAN" and "JURASSIC PARK", I have some news for you: Don't make movies that suck.

There is nothing that compares to the silver screen. Well, there wasn't, but home theaters are starting to come close. So, make movies that don't suck and people will still go to see them.

4 out of 10 movies don't recoup their investment because they suck. Gigli isn't going to recoup it's investment because it sucks. 4 out of 10 movies are going to suck. The other 6 are just going to suck less. Stop automating your script-writing, and be more stringent with what movies you actually produce and then people will still go see them in the theater and you will still make money. People will still pirate them, but so what.

The biggest thing people use pirated movies for: To find out if it is worth the $8. If it sucks, it isn't worth $8. I'm not cheating myself, I'm saving my damn money.

Re:Cheating myself? (4, Insightful)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602291)

Just a minor correction.

"4 out of 10 movies don't recoup their investment because they suck."

Correct.

"4 out of 10 movies are going to suck."

INCORRECT!!!

9 out of 10 movies are going to suck. 5 of those 9 will actually make a profit, despite that. (and the tenth, that one movie that doesn't suck, isn't likely at all to make back its costs)

Re:Cheating myself? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602358)

I have some news for you: Don't make movies that suck.

... and in other news today: Stop doing that.

Here's Nancy with a report on: Be quiet.

We round up the news cast tonight with our final story: Make proper sentences!

Re:Cheating myself? (2)

bios10h (323061) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602370)

"Do you really want fewer movies to choose from?"

Quality over quantity? oh you bet! :)

Slashdot effect; Take 2, ...and Action! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602265)

Wow, I actually got the page before it was smashed to oblivion. Maybe they should do another take for the users that got left out..

Re:Slashdot effect; Take 2, ...and Action! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602293)

Maybe you don't realize, in the 5 seconds it took me to post, 934089234 other people beat me to it. Redundant? Yes ..My fault? Hardly

I like the site so much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602273)

I'm going to set my browser to refresh the page every .5 seconds.

Interesting tactic even if unplanned (1)

Cerun (687320) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602279)

How better to lash back at the RIAA's quest than to put a link to their website on /. cause its probably gonna fall victim to the /. overload.

Alert the CDC (1, Funny)

toga98 (109028) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602280)

This filesharing thing sounds as dangerous as needle sharing.

How soon they forget. (5, Funny)

PaddyM (45763) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602281)

I just saw 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. 'Sometimes the right path, the right course, requires a little piracy'

Does anyone feel bad (0, Redundant)

Rooked_One (591287) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602284)

about the slashdotting that is occuring to this website? Move along.

Now taking bets... (1)

kscguru (551278) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602286)

Now taking bets on how high someone's going to jump when Monday rolls around and the #1 referrer is Slashdot.

"No really, we're all becoming educated about copyright!"

Stop blowing cash on Gigli... (1)

godivx (689153) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602296)

and other excuses for entertainment and you won't have to worry about so-called piracy. Feels great to see them dying a slow death. Scenario, Year 2150: Mommy says to son while touring museum, "You see, Billy, back in the 20th Century, people used to buy music for $15 a collection!! They used to access their music on little round things called CDs!" Billy says, "Mommy, what's a Metallica?"

Re:Stop blowing cash on Gigli... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602373)

"Why son, Metallica were a band who made a whole lot of shit albums and blamed everyone except themselves for them. Thank Allah Lars commited suicide after being caught fucking his son!"

Re:Stop blowing cash on Gigli... (1)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602378)

Scenario, Year 2150: Mommy says to son while touring museum, "You see, Billy, back in the 20th Century, people used to buy music for $15 a collection!! They used to access their music on little round things called CDs!"

Billy says, "Mommy, what's a Metallica?"


Mommy: "I don't know, Billy, but I sure wish I could find work. I used to be a writer, but then all writing became worthless, so now I have to work sweeping floors to buy food."

Billy: "Mommy, what's writing?"

YAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602298)

YAY! We slashdotted it!

lets deface them silly (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602299)

wouldn it be fun if we / someone crack into the server and change the index page and put kazaalite to be downloaded? i sure am gonna try ;)

Right-ho, chaps! What say we /. it? (4, Funny)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602300)

Or, if you want, try this link [respectcopyrights.org] .

Needs a good Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602303)

We should all go here [respectcopyrights.org] and download all the high quality movies.

Worst part (2, Interesting)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602305)

A lot of the public will hear this tripe and it will slow down file trading a little... but I doubt in the long run if it really puts too much of a hamper on file sharing, since what they are talking about is lies... if anyone is intellegent enough to be file sharing at the level the MP/RIAA is worried about, they will know that you can't get viruses from movie files... It's a sensible attack though, especially targeting us teens... and it will work marginally.. but this will only help slow the bleeding.. the damage has been done, they are going to die still, IHMO of course..

Next targets for the RIAA? (4, Interesting)

Stinky Glen20 (689507) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602307)

If I were sneaky, I'd log the IP of every comment made. Then go check out everyone who leaves an RIAA sucks to see if they were "sharing illegal content".

That would be a nice way to prioritise the millions of lawsuits.

Posting to Slashdot: Is It Worth It? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602327)

Did you know any user can log the IP of any comment made to Slashdot?

Many people don't know this about Posting to Slashdot but when you make a Post to Slashdot some of your most personal information is included. Any troll, flamer or crapflooder can get your social security number, bank account password and a DNA sample from a backdoor in your post!

SOME POLESMOKING MODERATOR FAILED TO READ AGAIN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602384)

First read the site the story links to.

Then read the parent post.

Then have some clue about how slashdot works.

THEN AFTER ALL THAT you can mod some shit.

Until then fuck off.

Read it again... (3, Insightful)

JessLeah (625838) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602315)

They don't say that your system is insecure "while filesharing". They say that your system is insecure "while online". While some would call me a nitpicker for pointing this out, I think it indicative of the general anti-technology fears that the MPAA/RIAA "higher-ups" (Valenti/Rosen/etc.) hold.

It's simple really (2, Insightful)

cubicledrone (681598) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602316)

It's all about "we want it for free."

That's all. All this discussion of copyright reform and the "artists" is a non-issue. What it is really about is "we want everything for free."

People really think that if copyrights were repealed completely, that somehow the marketplace wouldn't change at all: that $200 million movies would still be made, people would devote 3-5 years to writing a book, and animators would spend tens of thousands of man-hours on television and home video.

Here's a hint: they won't. Sure, you'd have the odd street performer and concert in the park, but by and large, all professional creative effort would be pointless, and the people who are now making a living at it would have to find other work: probably a minimum wage fast food job, because as we all know, arts degrees are worthless in the "real world."

"All for free" is just as extreme, and just as absurd as "pay per play." But the argument will never be taken seriously, because it isn't about fixing things, it's about "we'll just take it, and then rationalize it with some bullshit straw man argument over the meaning of the word 'theft.'"

If copyright is repealed, it will render millions of man-years of effort totally worthless, and put tens of millions out of work. Dozens of industries will become pointless. That's not progress.

How about a real discussion of copyright reform instead of half-assed "nyah nyah nyahs" at the MPAA?

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Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602365)

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I wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602319)

If you really agreed with this site, and made an exact copy of it, do you think the RIAA would sue you? I mean that would be pretty stupid since you'd be spreading the word, but then again, these punks seem a bit oblivous to the potential of the internet.

At least they're not the RIAA (5, Interesting)

Robawesome (660673) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602321)

Yet another reason to prefer the MPAA over the RIAA. At least when the MPAA's profits go down, they try something new, like adding content to dvds and varying release dates. When I buy a dvd in a store, I don't feel like a complete sucker. WHen I looked at buying a CD, I felt like an ignorant "consumer". Yeah, pay $30 for 1 hour of content, 8 minutes of which I like. When I bought the extended version LOTR dvd, I got:

1. The theater cut movie + deleted scenes
2. 5, count'em 5, seperate audio commentary's
3. Something like 8 hours of additional "making of" video
4. around 2000 production photographs.
I got so much content in those dvds I have not even watched it all yet. Whereas with a CD, you are done in one hour, tops.
The MPAA may be doing some unsavory things, but at least they are trying, without ripping me off or treating me like a criminal. I am boycotting CD's, but I still enjoy movies, and will pay money for the quality and experience.


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Oh no! I might have the "Backdoor" virus! (2, Funny)

AntiOrganic (650691) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602333)

Apher, Benjamin, Backdoor, Duload, Fizzer, Hantner, Klez, Neuer, Nimda, Livra and Magic Eightball

Good to see they include viruses/worms that have no history of spreading via P2P, like Klez and Nimda. Hey, why don't you put Code Red and Slammer/Sapphire up there too?

slashdoted (1)

Rubbersoul (199583) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602340)

It is about 30 minutes into the story being posted and the site seems to be a bit slashdoted ... anyone grab a mirror ;-)

Re:slashdoted (0)

tytanic11 (614029) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602376)

why would we want a mirror ? it's all propaganda and lies anyway.

Sounds like Microsoft EULAs (1)

FunWithHeadlines (644929) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602342)

"Did you know that 'Network users have a back door to your hard drive while you're online, thereby seeing your personal, private information, such as bank records, social security number, etc.'"

Sounds like the latest Microsoft EULAs. So let's see, trade songs, run Microsoft software. Same danger.

2 Campaigns That Never Happened (but should have) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602346)

A bunch of ancient Greek story tellers complaining about how writing has made thier jobs unimortant. Who's behind the telling of Homer? There's the actual story teller, yes, but there's also the guys who make the roads so he can walk from place to place, there's the lady who sweeps the Rostrum so he has somewhere to speak from... when you buy a writen copy of a story you're putting these guys out of a job.

Fast forward a few thousand years. Every time you buy a printed version of your favorite book you're putting a Catholic Coligrapher out of business. Not only that, the travelers who buy the exotic inks, the ink and pen providers and he landlords. When you obtain a printed copy of the Bible, think of the writers that you are hurting.

Presidential P2P (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602349)

Back in the nineteen thirties, the President of the United States would read the comics to the kids on the radio during the depression. For all intents and purposes, this was a type of P2P. He didn't seek permission from United Artists because he was the President. No one got after him for doing it - in fact, they all probably thought it was neat.

Not THAT bad of an idea on their part (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6602350)

I mean, a website with warnings like that is enough to scare the average, non-tech savvy person into not sharing files (who, in my opinion, probably shouldn't be doing that anyway if they don't know what they're doing). If this keeps the MPAA happy and shuts them up, I think it's a good thing.

Thanks For Letting Me Know! (5, Funny)

FsG (648587) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602351)

Did you know that 'Network users have a back door to your hard drive while you're online, thereby seeing your personal, private information, such as bank records, social security number, etc.'?

Nope. Nor did I know that I can get music and movies online for free. Thanks for informing me, MPAA!

- Joe User

General (2, Insightful)

Procyon114 (668670) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602353)

'Network users have a back door to your hard drive while you're online, thereby seeing your personal, private information, such as bank records, social security number, etc.'

As I remember it, if the member companies of the MPRIAA see the same type of stuff (whenever one makes a purchase or buys a subscription), they enjoy the legal right to collect any such information a customer must give them and "share" it with marketers for money.

How come they only "seem" concerned when they're not the ones doing it?

Irony, thy name is unauthorized mirror lawsuit. (4, Funny)

Cordath (581672) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602355)

You know, I bet MPAA lawyers could make a good case for sueing anybody who mirrors their slashdotted site. Hey, it's copyright infringement isn't it?

Slashdot! (1)

ece (524786) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602372)

Have you clicked on MPAA's website link just because it made you feel *patriotic*? ;-)

Why the MPAA is full of shit (and the RIAA isn't?) (4, Insightful)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602375)

OK, it's fairly simple stuff here.

1) The MPAA would recoup its investment MUCH faster by encouraging people to come to the movies more often, and by reducing costs. How can they do this?
a) Reduce ticket prices. Lower tickets mean more movie-goers.
b) Quit paying the stars so fucking much money!!! Ben Affleck made TWELVE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS for Gigli, one of FOUR movies released this year that he starred in. In other words, he made roughly one THOUSAND times as much as a skilled professional with a post-secondary education. (Notice that the MPAA site doesn't link to any stars' opinions--just the grips and the stuntmen, making a thousandth as much as the stars)
c) QUIT MAKING MOVIES THAT SUCK BADLY!!!

How many times do you need to hear it? How many brainless sequels to brainless movies do you need to make before it sinks in that you SUCK, and that your movies SUCK?

Imagine this: A movie where stars are treated as skilled employees and paid roughly $200,000/year (hey, their careers aren't as long as some of ours--they deserve higher salaries for that), the writers are required to come up with original and innovative ideas to earn their pay, and the tickets are $5/seat, with affordable popcorn.

Why they might actually make a profit, and DESPITE all of the file sharing (that doesn't take away a single ticket sale), get people out to the movies.

As an aside, you might ask how does this NOT relate to the RIAA?

1) The RIAA actually is hurting (some) from filesharing. Most people are as happy with a burned MP3 as they are the original quality song, whereas nobody would seriously miss a good theathre movie just because they had a really crappy camcorder copy they can watch on their TV.

2) The artists don't get paid millions--they get paid SHIT. They get about a tenth as much as the tech staff, instead of a thousand times as much.

Chessey Flash Intro (1)

bedouin (248624) | more than 11 years ago | (#6602382)

. . . only provoked me to try and warez 50 movies off of IRC and Kazaa before 4 AM tonight. They need to learn from DARE that shitty PR campaigns usually just make people more curious.

Oh, and who wants to take bets on the number of hours before this gets DOS'ed or defaced?
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