ZeroPaid has a good write up of the MPAA’s Lost PR War against the â€˜Enemies of Copyrightâ€™. In it is a scathing paragraph detailing discussing most of the ways the MPAA may have gone wrong over the past couple years. I read this and it screamed ‘LIST TIME’ to me. (To be clear, I took the paragraph and turned it into a list changing very little of the text. Go read the whole thing.) Reading this list just makes me think, ‘Hey, MPAA, you’re not doing it right!’
1. Destroying Napster and Audio Galaxy and not creating an alternative from the get-go.
2. Raiding peopleâ€™s homes because they uploaded Star Wars (but not necessarily leaked it).
3. Hacking the URN hash and polluting FastTrack.
4. Hacking The Pirate Bay.
5. Having Viacom serve DMCA notices to people posting videos of people eating in a restaurant on YouTube.
6. Suing tens of thousands of average Americanâ€™s including fining one individual $222,000 for sharing a couple songs.
7. Saying that having files in a shared directory is copyright infringement in court.
8. Saying that evidence is too hard to get and that the industry shouldnâ€™t be burdened to prove their cases in court.
9. Suggesting that iPods are little more than little pirate ships.
10. Saying in court that even making one back-up copy of a DVD is illegal.
11. Lobbying to put in the DMCA
12. Demanding that laws should be in place to prevent any tinkering with DRM including for research purposes.
13. Installing rootkits on peopleâ€™s computers.
14. Installing spyware on peopleâ€™s computers via the MediaMax technology.
15. Being outed for being hypocrites for pirating a documentary movie and claiming that itâ€™ll only be in a safe place.
16. Trying to bring people a broadcast flag and telling people you canâ€™t record TV shows if the broadcaster doesnâ€™t like it.
17. Trying to bi-pass the backfiring of WIPO and the FCC to bring in the broadcast flag anyway.
18. Trying to get ISPs to do all the copyright industryâ€™s dirty work.
19. Pressuring and bullying other countries to implement laws the industry saw fit and using shady lobbying tactics to accomplish this.
20. Trying to sell us music that cannot be copied through the internet and on discs.
21. Trying to bi-pass the will of the European Union and getting countries to pass â€œthree strikesâ€ laws even if artists disagree with it.
22. Attempting to price fix music albums.
23. Secretly holding negotiations to pass draconian copyright laws that would see peopleâ€™s physical property effectively stolen on the mere suspicion of copyright infringement through ACTA
24. Demanding that laws be passed that mandate the promotion of legal alternatives, then not providing the kind of deals that would allow legitimate services to flourish with internet groups and businesses like ISPs.
25. Alienating an entire generation by labeling customers as pirates.
26. Likening downloading music on the internet to terrorism.
27. Likening internet users who download music online to â€œbikey gangsâ€.
28. Spreading blatantly false information about file-sharing.
29. Forcing people to watch anti-piracy ads on movies.
30. Suing people who had a recently deceased family member.
31. Arguing that the industry is for artists, then going to court and demanding that royalty rates should be lower for artists â€“ thus having to pay them less and keeping more money from album revenues.
32. Forcing radio broadcasters to pay royalties even if they donâ€™t play music from the copyright industry.
33. Suing a lawyer for blogging about court cases related to copyright.
34. And possibly the whole issue of listing countries that hold 70% of the worldâ€™s population and labeling some as rogue nations that need to update their copyright laws via the USTR Special 301 report â€“ thus alienating many countries in the first place.