MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations

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The scary thing about this story: MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations is that you cannot initially tell it is a spoof. This piece “reports” that

The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. … The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29″ with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.” … “Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn’t give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That’s a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends,” said Glickman. “Ideally we expect each viewer to have their own copy of the DVD, but we realize that isn’t always feasible. The registration fee is a fair compromise.

12:36 am on November 28, 2006