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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MPAA Called Illegal Downloading “Gateway Drug”

MPAA Called Illegal Downloading “Gateway Drug”

MPAA Called Illegal Downloading “Gateway Drug”

Added: Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The MPAA has warned the government that if it doesn’t make it clear that file-sharing of copyrighted content is illegal, it will become the harbinger of more kinds of online unauthorized activity. The problem is that the MPAA fails to realize that file-sharing is inherently altruistic, and therefore is not a “gateway drug” to selfish crimes committed for economic gain.

The Motion Picture Association of America thanked the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for results of its campaign called “Operation in Our Sites”, within which the ICE seized domain names alleged of copyright violation. The campaign resulted in the shutdown of around 100 websites, all of which were afforded no basic right to defend themselves in court.

The letter submitted by many entertainment industry groups, including the MPAA, expressed the opinion that the seizures have not only put unauthorized websites out of business, but have also raised public awareness about this type of online crime. Although the letter praises the shutdown of illegal websites, it conveniently forgets the fact that the shutdowns themselves were also an “unauthorized activity.” Instead, ICE boss John Morton was defending the operation by comparing domain names seizures to seizures of bank accounts, houses, and even vehicles – in other words, anything associated with the crime.

Assistant law professor Derek Bambauer mentioned last year that here we have got civil seizure of something used in a crime, which is weird enough. Moreover, the matter becomes even stranger with the government not providing warnings to the domain owners when filing a civil complaint against their property in question.

Finally, the entertainment industry referred to unauthorized downloading as the proverbial “gateway drug”, insisting that if the government fails to make it clear this sort of activity is illegal, it will turn into the harbinger of more types of online unauthorized activity. Meanwhile, it’s unclear what “other types of unauthorized activity” it refers to – identity theft, maybe, or cyberbullying? In addition, the movie industry always forgets that peer-to-peer is file-sharing – Internet users are simply exchanging files without profiting from it, and this can hardly be “illegal activity”.

April 2nd,2011

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Date:  Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-02 22:52:46)
calvin1984 avatarnice sam thanks for this one lol well i guess im hooked 2 a gateway drug then wonder what imma do next lmao

posted by (2011-04-03 00:02:18)
No avatar@ post 1 next ya going to try injecting you internet into yourself lol thanks for the read sam

posted by (2011-04-03 00:55:25)
Slim33 avatarMPAA, what will they think of next! SAD. Thanks for the read SaM.

posted by Blocked (2011-04-03 01:00:56)
menahunie avatarHmmm a gateway drug? Really?
Do they care to explain how a considerable number of their stars and people in the industry do lines of a white power, smoke drugs and more?
Most likely they won't...

posted by (2011-04-03 11:18:51)
SloppyJoe619 avatarI thought marijuana was a gateway drug, this is so stupid

posted by Blocked (2011-04-03 11:54:20)
locosurfer avatarJust like pcp saved stevo's life so to has p2p saved my life for it i am thankful sure its an addiction as with any thing if you allow it to be! mind over matter! i don't mind it don't matter 8-D

posted by (2011-04-03 15:07:47)
trauts avatarI love downloading and I love drugs 'nuff said lol

posted by (2011-04-04 02:09:11)
No avatarcan someone from the mpaa create an account on this site and view a list of the ip addresses using like a bit torrent client???? do i you need to use peer block?

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-04-04 02:50:55)
tonymengela avatarWhat I want to know is this I can go to the public library and check out or borrow a movie and even music besides books, they are in a sense sharing their media for a period of time. It is legal because they are not making a profit. Is this not the same thing when I borrow lets say a file from anyone else, as long as I do not make a profit. Now the only one really making the profits are the ISP's as they provide the signal. and we pay them already for it and the MPAA has already licensed them to sell it to us, so have in fact paid for the copies we get through sharing, its time for people to change their thinking and start turning their own agenda against them.

posted by (2011-04-04 03:50:27)
DEMONLORD avatarmpaa full of shit. gateway drug, lmao. we must all be et junkies then. lmao

posted by (2011-04-04 05:13:08)
exgi avatarI just snorted my internet connection,....I must have got some bad bandwidth, cause I dont feel high!

posted by (2011-04-04 22:02:11)
sawyerreywas avatarMPAA are a bunch of money grubbing right wing extremists. there is no crime in sharing files for non profit reasons. the way i see it, the price was paid for the file at one point or another and it was simply copied. the way i choose what movies to actually purchase are by checking them out here. if anything, it helps us to filter through all the sh!t they push on us. F*CK the MPAA. Pirate for life

posted by (2011-04-04 22:04:44)
sawyerreywas avatar@8, always use peerblock. i dont start my computers without activating it.

posted by ET lover (2011-04-04 23:29:18)
moviemanmills avatarHollywood is full of Liberals, not right winger's. Liberals think we are stupid and they continually change the rule to suite themselves. And Liberals will spend your money before they spend theirs. So everything else I agree with you FCK the MPAA

posted by (2011-04-05 14:05:53)
No avatar@14 Not entirely true... it is filled with liberals, but the money comes from big business, lebowski...

posted by (2011-04-05 23:21:14)
Handsomeking718 avatarHey calvin,trauts and exgi,thanks for the laugh lol I haven't laughed all day until reading the comments...

Sam even though I don't comment I always read your articles,thank you

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