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Pre-movie ads rip off theatergoers, suits claim
Topic: Politics and Law 2:11 pm EST, Feb 21, 2003

] How much is three to four minutes of your time
] worth--especially when you're waiting for the latest
] "Lord of the Rings" movie to start?]
] That question was posed in two lawsuits filed Tuesday
] against movie theaters that claim in their ads they'll
] show movies at a certain time, but, instead, show
] on-screen commercials at the advertised time, delaying
] the movie's start

This makes me quite happy. It's about time someone did something about the 20 minutes of commercials. We already paid for the movie!!!

Pre-movie ads rip off theatergoers, suits claim

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Britney's Pears warns against piracy
Topic: Politics and Law 3:46 pm EST, Nov  6, 2002

[Originally from Decius:]

"Britney Spears is among the pop stars fronting a new advertising campaign aimed at warning people against online piracy."


The TV adverts will be shown at a Congressional hearing on piracy in Washington on Thursday before making their debut on US screens a few weeks later.


"We want to hit fans with the message that downloading music illegally is, as Britney Spears explains, the same as going into a CD store and stealing the CD," said Hilary Rosen of the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA)


[Hijexx's Commentary]

piracy (from

1. a) Robbery committed at sea. b) A similar act of robbery, as the hijacking of an airplane.
2. The unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material: software piracy.
3. The operation of an unlicensed, illegal radio or television station.

I agree, begrudingly, that downloading and using copyrighted music does, in fact, break the law. That is not to say that the law is just (thanks to Walt Disney's palm greasing.) If all the RIAA can muster is Britney's Pears (sorry little girl, it's all about your tits, always has been) and Missy Elliot to preach to the masses, I'd say we have not a thing to worry about on that front.

What is disconcerting to me is the Nazi style, Joseph Goebbels inspired propaganda being spewed by Hilary Rosen. Two times in this article the idea of an "unlicensed internet service" is mentioned. I am not making this up. Folks, there is NO SUCH THING as an "unlicensed internet service" in the context of peer to peer networking. It's a glorified telephone with theoretically unlimited conferencing abilities, that's about it.

As Goebbels proved, if you repeat a lie enough, eventually people believe it. This is especially the case when said people are unwashed (dare I say brainwashed?) mass consumers.


BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Britney's Pears warns against piracy

Monthly Review May 1998 Albert Einstein
Topic: Politics and Law 1:20 pm EDT, May 13, 2002

Albert Einstein on socialism. Worth a read. Regardless of your particular political stance it's interesting to read this article that is 50 years old and still relevant.

Monthly Review May 1998 Albert Einstein

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