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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) vs. P2P Essay

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) vs. P2P It began with the sacking of Napster, and has steadily grown to become an all-out offensive against participants of online Peer-2-Peer (P2P) file sharing networks. While the Recording Industry, (RIAA), may have fired the first salvo, the Film Industry, represented by the Motion Picture Association of America, (MPAA), from lately leaping into the litigious fray. On November 16th, 2004, the MPAA announced it would start launching lawsuits against a select group of P2P users accused of owning and/or transmitting copyrighted films. These lawsuits, in the same vain as the RIAA's ongoing legal offensive, are meant to intimidate other P2P users to cease and desist any prohibited activities involving movies[1]. From a distance, this current crack down seems to be not only okay, but also morally unquestionable. Upon closer review of the issue, it becomes readily apparent that scapgoating P2P networks is not simply an unnecessary and 'unwinable' battle, (as the RIAA can attest), but also a waste of anti-piracy source from actual piracy threats. Prior to any discussion about the actions of MPAA could be broached, it's important to deliver a short historical primer on the intellectual property legislation, particularly copyrights. To begin with, a copyright is utilized to protect creative rather than industrial types. No formal registration must acquire protection of a generation. The sole requirement is that creation must be expressed, that is, an idea or understanding in and of itself is not copyrightable, only the term of this thought. [2] The first form of global intellectual property protection came in 1886.

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