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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

MPAA Pirates a Movie

The irony of this is so delicious that it makes my mouth water: The Los Angeles Times reports that the MPAA is accused of pirating a movie (pretty much by their own definition).
The MPAA admitted Monday that it had duplicated "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" without the filmmaker's permission after director Kirby Dick submitted his movie in November for an MPAA rating....

Scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday night, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" examines what Dick believes are the MPAA's stricter standards for rating explicit depictions of sex than for gruesome violence. Dick also explores whether independent films are rated more harshly than studio films, whether scenes of gay sex are restricted more than scenes of straight sex, and why the 10 members of the MPAA's ratings board operate without any public accountability....

The standard the MPAA is using for itself appears to be at odds with what the organization sets out for others: "Manufacturing, selling, distributing or making copies of motion pictures without the consent of the copyright owners is illegal," the MPAA's website says. "Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simpleā€¦. ALL forms of piracy are illegal and carry serious legal consequences."
This sounds fairly likely to be a carefully-planned publicity stunt on the part of the filmmaker. I wish all publicity stunts were this funny.

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