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Director Attacks MPAA Piracy Claims 417

dipfan writes "Alex Cox, the writer/director of cult classic Repo Man and punk movie Sid And Nancy, writes today in The Guardian's media section that the movie industry's real pirates are the Hollywood studios and the MPAA - for squeezing out independents. He rejects the widespread claim that Spider-Man suffered from widespread net piracy, and asks: "Are [the MPAA's] claims of lost billions even credible?" (In a strange coincidence, Cox has another article in the same newspaper today, where he defends using 35mm film rather than digital cameras a la George Lucas, saying digital cinema gives too much power to the distributors and studios because the technology is less portable than 35mm.)"
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Director Attacks MPAA Piracy Claims

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  • Bud: Intellectual Property is a sacred trust, it's what our free society is founded on. Do you think they give a damn about their Intellectual Property in Russia? I said, do you think they give a damn about their Intellectual Property in Russia?
    Otto: They don't have Intellectual Property in Russia, it's all free.
    Bud: All free? My ass! What are you, some kind of commie?
    Otto: No, I ain't no commie.
    Bud: Good. I don't want no commies in my car. No Christians either!
  • by Tottori ( 572766 ) on Monday May 27, 2002 @12:00PM (#3590939)
    My only regret is that we don't have the medical technology to give me a womb so that I can bear this man's children. ... Alen Cox, I salute you.
    Woah there horsey! Be careful you don't have Alan Cox's children by mistake!

    Come to think of it, that'd be a pretty good consolation prize. But bearded kids would frighten the neighbours.

  • by DrSkwid ( 118965 ) on Monday May 27, 2002 @12:07PM (#3590958) Homepage Journal
    Worst of all, this particular article barely touches on facts - it is someones opinion, which appeared in a newspaper

    Hehe. The angle here is that it is someone's opinion. And that person is Alex Cox. Respected film director and critic, who used to present the BBC2 cult film show back in the 1980/90s (the name of which escapes me) bringing independent films to the small screen. So for us 30 somethings his opinion is both relevant and interesting.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 27, 2002 @12:08PM (#3590961)
    Piracy PR Company News Network, May 27th:

    The half dozon hosts with Spiderman up for download in 800mb halfbakedTM quality clips have set a new internet speed record for transfering billions of $ of pirated copies in 2 weeks. 31331hax0r of Cult Of The Dead Movie says "yeah, we managed to upload the 160,000,000 gigabytes required to cost them a billion $ of ticket $ales, I even had to overclock my Pentium 266 and remove the 28k cap on my cable modem to do it". The MPAA reports empty moneybins and empty theatres all over the USA, "this is a serious trend for national security" reports Big Boss. New laws alowing the NSA to hack into piracy-terrorists are expected to be passed by congress today. "I'm afraid for the future of my children when multinational corporations can't make billions of dollars out of making overhyped movies" says a mother from Astroturf, California.
  • by slipgun ( 316092 ) on Monday May 27, 2002 @12:28PM (#3591027)
    [Karma burning session]
    [/Karma burning session]

    By using square brackets rather than greater and lesser signs to represent HTML, you've lost all credibility with me.
  • by user32.ExitWindowsEx ( 250475 ) on Monday May 27, 2002 @12:44PM (#3591080)
    Could this mean that the MPAA has something to do with the Kennedy assassination?
    Not to start any rumors or anything like that.......
  • by terrymr ( 316118 ) <terrymr&gmail,com> on Monday May 27, 2002 @01:08PM (#3591169)
    is it just me who read this wrong the first time ???

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