MPAA Uses Secret Investors, Homebuyers to Catch Pirates

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rad666

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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]Maybe if they spent less cash on this and more on making quality films.......[/citation]
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Why would they? It's always the pirates fault when a film doesn't make money. It couldn't possibly be the quality...
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[citation][nom]greghome[/nom]Maybe if they spent less cash on this and more on making quality films.......[/citation]
They should also decrease the special effects budgets and boost the budget for good scripts. Perhaps spend a bit less on big names as well and more on a balanced cast of good actors.

In the 30's and 40's they put their money into a good cast and script and churned out excellent films.
 

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While I like Pirates I also don't like Vigilantes. Instead have the FBI or the 'authorities' handle this problem.

As far as films not making money -- then the Producers need to quite making crappy movies. Good movies make a plenty of money.
 

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[citation][nom]eddieroolz[/nom]Since when did we allow an association to engage in spying, wiretapping and deceit?[/citation]

As long as they're one of the parties and doesn't fall afoul of local wiretapping laws there's nothing illegal going on here. Companies have used private investigators in civil suits for centuries
 

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Why not just:
- not watch movies that are not worth your money?
- not download music that is not worth your money?
- not play games that are not worth your money?

If it's crap, why pirate it? If it's good, why not buy it?
 

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How about a simple idea: Try being honest for a change and maybe you won't have to worry about people spying on you. Honesty is so simple why is it so hard for people to understand? Just because the internet makes stealing easy does not make stealing ok.

If you really hate DRM and want to remove it from all your DVD's knock yourself out and do it. No one is going to come after you for this if you don't put those images, movies or soundtracks on a "sharing" service. Don't start a business that is based on stealing or trading in other people's property and you won't have any problem.
 

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The MPAA also came up with the idea to use an employee as a potential buyer of the couple's home to snap pictures of the computer equipment in the house.
Can someone more knowledgeable than myself please clarify the legality of such an act? Isn't it illegal if is on private property and the owner does not consent?
 

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Perhaps we the public should take a exception to the MPAA. find out which company's, people, actors etc are involved with the MPAA. then enforce a full scale public ban of those people. do not watch their movies. remove your subscription of those channels, stop buying products produced by them or endorsed by them, make sure that not single penny of your hard earned money reaches their dirty pockets. if enough people join this movement then MPAA will have to disband.
it will take some time but it will be effective. also make sure that political supporters of MPAA are not elected by you..
 

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Maybe we should have someone go undercover as a housekeeper in the MPAA Execs and MPAA lawyers homes. Let's see what illegal activities we may find there. Let's face it, nobody is perfect and I'd not be surprised to find all sorts of juicy wrong-doings with a little snooping around !
 

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[citation][nom]wild9[/nom]Can someone more knowledgeable than myself please clarify the legality of such an act? Isn't it illegal if is on private property and the owner does not consent?[/citation]
If you are selling your house and you are still living in it and a realtor lets you in the house youre allowed to bring cameras and even ladders and plug testers in to investigate the house. Now if you arent selling then yes it would be breaking an entering.
 

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[citation][nom]killerclick[/nom]Why not just:- not watch movies that are not worth your money?- not download music that is not worth your money?- not play games that are not worth your money?If it's crap, why pirate it? If it's good, why not buy it?[/citation]
A lot of people who pirate use it as a way to see if it is worth paying for (specially software). They will download a pirated version and check it, if it's worth paying for they will if it sucks then they will get rid of it. Since returning software is pretty much possible once it's paid for or key is given it seems like a valid way to try out programs that don't have trials are have highly crippled trials. Same for movies for a lot of people, download pirated version and if good some will buy the DVD/Blue-Ray version of it.
 

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Its not just garbage movies but going to see a movie where i live is not cheap its $35 for 1 adult that with a large popcorn and pop.
The prices here just keep going up next month it's going up another $7.50 here because of renovations.
 

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[citation][nom]techguy911[/nom]Its not just garbage movies but going to see a movie where i live is not cheap its $35 for 1 adult that with a large popcorn and pop.The prices here just keep going up next month it's going up another $7.50 here because of renovations.[/citation]

woah...where do you live?
 
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