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Huge Organization Comes Together to Combat Piracy

By rajivvarma in News
Fri Feb 18, 2000 at 09:07:38 PM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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This link from usatoday.com tells of a huge coalition of tv networks, movie studios, and sports and news organizations that have come together to protect their creative works on the Internet. Complete text below


An unprecedented coalition of TV networks, movie studios, media conglomerates and sports and news organizations has formed to seek protection from what it calls digital piracy in cyberspace.

Creation of the so-called Copyright Assembly was announced Wednesday at a congressional hearing. It includes a who's who of modern media. Among them: CBS, NBC, ABC/Disney, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Time Warner, Universal, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and all major sports leagues, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, the NCAA and NASCAR.

"We are deeply concerned about the future of creative works," said Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America. He pointed to "illegitimate intruders" on the Internet who "steal copyrighted works."

"New technologies provide the impetus for greater potential of signal piracy," the NFL's Brian McCarthy said.

The group did not ask Congress for any specific action at the House Commerce Committee hearing, which was convened after iCraveTV, a Canadian Web site, began rebroadcasting network and sports TV over the Internet. A federal judge suspended the broadcasts after the NFL and others sued.

In other recent cases, the music and movie industries have filed suits against Web sites and hackers they say steal or copy copyrighted material.
"This is not about stopping" digital progress, said Hilary Rosen of the Recording Industry Association of America, but about "creating business models that work."

IcraveTV's Ian McCallum said content owners don't understand the Internet. "They want 'Hollywood rules' all over the world," he said.

"Webcasting is inevitable," said Ken Johnson, a spokesman for committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La. "The question is, do you resort to regulation or allow the Wild West mentality to take over?"

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Huge Organization Comes Together to Combat Piracy | 11 comments (11 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
This is going to be the next big ba... (none / 0) (#7)
by Emacs on Fri Feb 18, 2000 at 10:15:26 PM EST

Emacs voted 1 on this story.

This is going to be the next big battle. Very pertinent stuff.

This is a great topic for discussio... (none / 0) (#8)
by driph on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 12:33:14 AM EST

Driph voted 0 on this story.

This is a great topic for discussion.. but its also a WAP(Whole Article Posting.) I'll stand on the line with this one..:]

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This is kuro5hin.org, not katzdot.... (none / 0) (#1)
by Paul Dunne on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 03:53:25 AM EST

Paul Dunne voted -1 on this story.

This is kuro5hin.org, not katzdot.
http://dunne.home.dhs.org/

Don't post entire articles! Just a... (none / 0) (#4)
by bmetzler on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 09:03:27 AM EST

bmetzler voted -1 on this story.

Don't post entire articles! Just a link and some commentary. We don't want to violate copyright laws.
www.bmetzler.org - it's not just a personal weblog, it's so much more.

And let's not forget the... (none / 0) (#5)
by Demona on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 12:52:32 PM EST

Demona voted 1 on this story.

And let's not forget the *C Initiative, and the Digital Transmission Content Protection group -- did Intel use this as a base for their display encryption?

This smacks a little too much of "e... (none / 0) (#3)
by ramses0 on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 01:27:50 PM EST

ramses0 voted 0 on this story.

This smacks a little too much of "evil corporations" ... I've heard enough about that, at least for now.
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Kinda scary,, is the MPAA a member ... (none / 0) (#2)
by joeyo on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 01:51:26 PM EST

joeyo voted -1 on this story.

Kinda scary,, is the MPAA a member of this mega conglomerate?? BTW, I'm marking down reposts of whole articles on principle...

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Very important to allow non corpora... (none / 0) (#6)
by tablets on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 02:44:16 PM EST

tablets voted 1 on this story.

Very important to allow non corporations to have rights to material they publish, this coalition would (I think) be likely to want to control conusmers self publishing of 'high media' materials eg. video, music
These comments are my thoughts and have nothing to do with my employer

This is an important sign of the wo... (none / 0) (#9)
by ransom on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 03:50:27 PM EST

ransom voted 1 on this story.

This is an important sign of the world to come, and we should discuss it.

How come the big elephants need so ... (none / 0) (#11)
by ohrn on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 05:55:06 PM EST

ohrn voted 1 on this story.

How come the big elephants need so much protection?

this is a hot topic right now.... (none / 0) (#10)
by derick on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 06:00:35 PM EST

derick voted 1 on this story.

this is a hot topic right now.

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