Blogging software is easy to find. Lots of it is free. What isn’t is often inexpensive. Yet somehow, the Motion Picture Association of America managed to not only select non-free blogging software but also to not pay for it. In fact, in a bizarre show of disregard for the value of others’ intellectual property, the MPAA stripped all references to the original author and all links back to his site. That does seem odd behavior for an organization who believes piracy to be illegal, bad, and all kinds of evil. It just seems to not match their preaching about piracy:
For consumers to continue to experience the variety and quality of movies they expect, piracy must be controlled. The entertainment industry recognizes the potential of technology to deliver content in new and exciting ways. However, the looming threat of piracy can thwart innovation.
Now I ask, does that sound like the kind of organization that would steal intellectual property created by someone else, strip away all indications of who that someone else is, and then use said IP for their own benefit and profit? Apparently “Do as I say and not as I do” is creedo for the MPAA. (via CrunchGear)
Additional information (and useless techie-geek rambling idiocy with occasional useful and insightful commentary) at Slashdot.
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