MPAA tells teachers to camcord screens instead of ripping clips

This clip, from Boing Boing, is pretty incredible. Various educational organizations are currently in Washington requesting an DMCA exemption to rip DVDs so they can take clips for classroom use. The MPAA responded, apparently, with a video on how to camcord a screen, which they see as the preferred method for teachers to use. This seems like a comedy skit… check it out.

MPAA shows how to videorecord a TV set from timothy vollmer on Vimeo.

More info here.

You know that whole Ghandi thing — “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you” or something like that? Does it happen in reverse as well? Because I think we just went from the fighting to the laughing.

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2 Comments on “MPAA tells teachers to camcord screens instead of ripping clips”

  1. Mike says:

    The great piece they skip over is the part where you then process the video fro the camcorder into a digital format (writing it out to the appropriate format) that you can then drop into your powerpoint presentation.

    Or maybe we are supposed to campcord the powerpoint as well, I’m not clear on that point yet.

  2. Serena says:

    I’m not really sure there are words for how dumb this is. What made them think this was a good idea? I’m curious about the bureaucratic/discussion process that results in this sort of decision.

    Maybe someone at the MPAA suggested it as a joke, and they took it seriously?


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