MPAA Dreams

Different people have different ideas about what makes something “ideal.”
bq.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. 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. – “Dan Glickman(MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations)”:http://www.bbspot.com/News/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html I am surprised that they don’t expect each member of a family to have a copy. That is obviously an oversight on his part. But look what constitutes a home theater under this meature.
bq.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. – Scott Small Last week, my 27″ television and I wouldn’t have cared. But seeing as how I am awaiting delivery on “this unit(Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42″ Plasma HDTV )”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000F6SR0O/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/, it seems rather important right now. — My brother just pointed out the article is a “satire(MPAA Home Theater Regulation Satire Hits Too Close To Home)”:http://techdirt.com/articles/20061128/080742.shtml. It sure “sounded real(MPAA satire is just too realistic)”:http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-satire-is-just-too-realistic/.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.