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+ - RIAA, MPAA recruit MasterCard as Internet Police-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Two weeks ago, MasterCard felt the wrath of Anonymous Operation Payback-style DDoS attacks after refusing to process payments that were intended to fund WikiLeaks, the website which began leaking confidential US diplomatic cables last month. Now, the company is preparing to head down another controversial path by pledging to deny transactions which support websites that host pirated movies, music, games, or other copyrighted content.

MasterCard lobbyists have also been in talks with entertainment industry trade groups, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and have made it clear that the company will support the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), sources close to the talks have said."

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  • ...they'd make it more affordable to go to the movies and buy cds. If it didn't cost me $40 to take my girlfriend to the movies, I'd probably go more often. I like watching movies at the theater, but if the movie might suck, I don't want to waste my money on it. Also, if I could buy a cd for $5, it would be easier for me to just do that instead of searching online for where to download it from. Maybe if they spent more time/money on the actual root of the problem...

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan