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article imageMPAA lobbying against home theatres

By Mark M Drewe     Jan 25, 2007 in Entertainment
MPAA lobbyist are pushing congress to pass a bill that would make owning home theatres illegal... if you don't pay their price.
I've always hated the MPAA because rather than promote their strengths they've prayed on their own audience, but this one has to take the cake. All of the sudden, watching movies in your own home could be illegal, and cost you up to 500,000 dollars in fines.
The article, which states "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." is simply ridiculous. It's unbelievable in this day and age that the MPAA, which in the article admits to basically failing on the download front, would try and screw over the consumer even more.
If you didn't have a reason to hate the MPAA, this should put you over the edge. Imagine spending 10K on your own, comfortable home theatre to watch movies with your family, and then get saddled with a 500K fine. In no way does owning this mean you're going to try and pirate movies or distribute them without notice (honestly, how stupid is that?), and it's just an obvious attempt by the MPAA to grab more bucks.
Instead of focusing on the ACTUAL problem of pirating, which is vendors selling bootlegged films, or others showing them in large, private theatres, they pray on the absolute wrong crowd because it yields the most chance for them to sue and make money.
When did this kind of crap even become tolerable in today's society? Hopefully this bill gets laughed out of congress and the MPAA loses it's support when people wake up and realize that people don't owe anything to the movie industry.
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