Senate passes 'Fast Track' bill for future trade agreements

June 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Future trade agreements will not have the luxury of getting amendments or even an argument from lawmakers in Washington if the Fast Track bill for trade agreements is agreed upon by both chambers of Congress. The House already passed the bill, H.R. 2146, last week. Today by a vote of 60-37 in favor the Senate version of the "Fast Track" bill for trade agreements.  The last steps for the bill to become law are reconciliation between the House and Senate versions of the bill and President Obama's signature.

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Emails between USTR and ESA, MPAA, and RIAA show influence on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the things that is fascinating about recently released emails between U.S. trade representatives negotiating trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade groups like the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is how amicable they all are with each other.

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June is 'Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month'

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Merchants Association has declared June as "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month," as it does every year.  As part of "Entertainment Ratings Awareness Month, the trade group encourages all retailers of entertainment and video games to promote the ratings systems in place intended to help parents and guardians make informed decisions about purchasing and consuming age-appropriate content for their children.

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Report: MPAA funding pro-copyright protection research to influence political policy

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no great shock to anyone, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is funding pro-copyright protection research through its global research grant program. The program is part of the trade group's "Academic Outreach program." The program gives out $20,000 grants to academics doing research on various topics related to copyright infringement and piracy.  

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RIAA and MPAA lawsuits against Kim Dotcom pushed to October

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The MPAA and the RIAA will have to wait a bit longer to have their day in court with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, according to TorrentFreak. A Federal judge has granted the embattled Dotcom an extended delay on the start of the civil case(s) until October of this year.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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Google Sues Mississippi AG Over MPAA-Backed Investigation Into Copyright

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

How do you get a Mississippi Attorney General to leave you alone? Well, sometimes suing him or her will do the trick. That is precisely what Google has done to current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who was investigating Google (indirectly at the very least) at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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Fraud and Embezzlement Kill Anti-Piracy Group

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. According to TorrentFreak, the anti-piracy organization was forced to file for bankruptcy after its board of directors revealed that it had suffered from mismanagement and embezzlement.

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Hotfile Goes Offline After MPAA Settlement

December 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Only a few hours after it was revealed that cloud-based file-sharing destination Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as part of a settlement for a trial set to begin next week, the site went offline. Not only did the site go offline, but it took all of the user content being stored on its servers with it. Users who stored legal personal and business-related documents are now left in much the same situation that Megaupload users were left in, but this time it can't be blamed on anyone except the service provider.

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MPAA v. Hotfile Trial to Begin Next Week

December 3, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Hotfile has settled the case out of court and has accepted an $80 million judgment, according to Ars Technica.  Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating "unless it employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement," according to a press release issued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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Report: MPAA and RIAA Teach Copyright at California Public Schools

September 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak article, the trade groups representing the music and movie industry are indoctrinating kindergartners in the state of California with an "educational program" about "sharing creative works." The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the MPAA, RIAA and five of the largest Internet providers in the United States, are teaching copyright classes in California public schools.

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June is Entertainment Ratings and Labeling Awareness Month

June 3, 2013 -

It's June and that means that the Digital Media Association (DiMA), Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), and National Association of Theatre Owners have banded together once again to declare June to be "Entertainment Ratings and Labeling Awareness Month."

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President Obama: Entertainment Industry Needs to Give Parents More Tools

January 16, 2013 -

The Washington Times (thanks to PHX Corp for pointing this out) notes that the President is not looking for more regulations on video games and movies (through research announced today through the CDC), but wants the respective industries to provide parents with more tools so they can make more informed decisions about the content their children are consuming.

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CCI Addresses Selection of Former RIAA Lobbyist to Review Evidence in 'Six Strikes' System

October 31, 2012 -

Last week we wrote a story about how the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) had named Stroz Friedberg to be its "impartial and independent technology expert" to review claims of copyright infringement as part of the new "Six Strikes" enforcement rules. The "Six Strikes" system was agreed upon by the MPAA, RIAA, and five major ISPs but one of the core tenets was that it would have an independent body to investigate the validity of claims of copyright infringement against file-sharers.

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Report: Former RIAA Lobbyist Firm Hired as Independent Technical Expert to Review 'Six Strikes' System

October 22, 2012 -

Next month the "Six Strikes" system to deal with online piracy and illegal file-sharing will be fully operational in the United States. The new rules - mutually agreed on by several major ISP's and trade groups representing intellectual property holders (the RIAA, and the MPAA) required that copyright infringement claims be investigated by an external company. This was one of the sticking points for ISPs and rightsholders seemed to happily comply.

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MPAA Chairman Christopher Dodd: SOPA and PIPA Are Dead

October 4, 2012 -

This week former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who is now chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) tried to emphasize that the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act are dead, buried and never to be pushed by his group in Congress again.

"My own view, that legislation is gone. It’s over. It’s not coming back," Dodd told Wired in an interview earlier this week.

He still insisted that the cause of these bills' defeat were due to online petitions and e-mail campaigns that he called "over the top."

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Kim Dotcom: MPAA Has Corrupted the U.S. Government

August 15, 2012 -

On Monday we reported that the MPAA and the RIAA recommended to Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel that the United States government do more to combat online piracy like they did with Megaupload. Today Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom offers his two cents on the MPAA's and RIAA's recommendations and goes so far as to say that these trade groups have "corrupted the government."

Google Plays Internet Cop for Rights Holders

August 13, 2012 -

Google has decided to play ball with rights holders, according to this Politico report. The world's biggest search engine revealed that it will now make search results from sites with "frequent copyright removal notices" appear lower in Google search rankings. Google announced late Friday that web sites with high numbers of "valid" removal notices would be affected by this new policy.

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MPAA & RIAA Want U.S. Government to 'Megaupload' The Pirate Bay

August 13, 2012 -

When the Obama Administration's Copyright Czar Victoria Espinel sent out a request for comments on future strategies related to copyright enforcement, it came as no shock when trade groups representing the interests of the movie and music industry asked that a major P2P site be taken down.

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White House Endorses Cybersecurity Bill

July 20, 2012 -

President Barack Obama yesterday urged members of the U.S. Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and encouraged representatives of Congress to draft and pass a similar bill quickly, saying:

Former Nintendo Lawyer Joins the MPAA

May 22, 2012 -

Movie industry trade organization the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has hired a former Nintendo lawyer to head up its efforts to combat piracy. The group is also responsible for movie ratings. The MPAA announced on Monday that it hired Marc Miller to take control of its international anti-piracy enforcement operations.

He will serve as the senior vice president of Internet content protection and will work closely with the group’s army of lawyers to develop a refined civil and criminal litigation strategy to fight against copyright infringement.

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Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - Banning in the legal sense? Not that I'm aware but there have certainly been groups of gamers who have worked towards getting content they don't like removed.07/28/2015 - 11:45pm
DanJAlexander's editorial was and continues to be grossly misrepresented by her opponents. And if you don't like a site, you stop reading it - same as not watching a tv show. They get your first click, but not your second.07/28/2015 - 11:40pm
TechnogeekYes, because actively trying to convince advertisers to influence the editorial content of media is a perfectly acceptable thing to do, especially for a movement that's ostensibly about journalistic ethics.07/28/2015 - 11:02pm
Mattsworknameanother07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
Mattsworknameyou HAVE TO click on it. So they get the click revenue weather you like what it says or not. as such, the targeting of advertisers most likely seemed like a good course of action to those who wanted to hold those media groups accountable for one reason07/28/2015 - 9:16pm
MattsworknameBut, when you look at online media, it's completely different, with far more options, but far few ways to address issues that the consumers may have. In tv, you don't like what they show, you don't watch. But in order to see if you like something online07/28/2015 - 9:12pm
MattsworknameIn tv, and radio, ratings are how it works. your ratings determine how well you do and how much money you an charge.07/28/2015 - 9:02pm
Mattsworknameexpect to do so without someone wanting to hold you to task for it07/28/2015 - 9:00pm
MattsworknameMecha: I don't think anyone was asking for Editoral changes, what they wanted was to show those media groups that if they were gonna bash there own audiance, the audiance was not gonna take it sitting down. you can write what you want, but you can't07/28/2015 - 8:56pm
MattsworknameAndrew, Im asking as a practical question, Have gamers, as a group, ever asked for a game, or other item, to be banned. Im trying to see if theres any cases anyone else remembers cause I cant find or remember any.07/28/2015 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenAs mentioned, Gamasutra isn't a gaming site, it's a game industry site. I don't feel it's changed its focus at all. Also, I don't get the sense that the majority of the people who took issue with that one opinion piece were regular readers anyway.07/28/2015 - 8:43pm
MattsworknameDitto kotaku, Gawker, VOX, Polygon, ETC07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MechaTama31So, between pulling a game from one chain of stores, and forcing editorial changes to a media source, only one of them strikes you as being on the edge of censorship, and it's the game one?07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Andrew EisenHave gamers ever tried to ban a product? Can you be more specific? I'm not clear what you're getting at.07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
Mattsworknamethey should have expected some kind of blow back. But I didn't participate in that specific action07/28/2015 - 8:41pm
MattsworknameAndrew Youd have to ask others about that, I actualyl didn't have much beef with them till last year, so I can't speak to there history. I simply feel that gamesutra chose politics over gaming and chose to make enimies of it's prime audiance. For that,07/28/2015 - 8:40pm
Andrew EisenI'm still not clear on how Gamasutra was lacking in accountability or what it was lacking in accountability for.07/28/2015 - 8:38pm
MattsworknameAndrew: You and I agree on most of that. I don't diagree that there should ahve been other actions taken. Now, I do want to point something out, casue Im not sure if it's happened. Have gamers ever tried to have a product banned?07/28/2015 - 8:37pm
 

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