Consumers Ambush MPAA at SXSW

The following is a clip from a panel at SXSW where audience members blindsided a member of the MPAA dread force, firing question after question as to what, besides suing everything that moves, they’re going to do about people sharing content.

Basically the MPAA says, “We’re working on it.” Favorite line from MPAA lady Ms. Bernards to a movie pirate: “You’re the consumer of the future.”

Vid of a guy, Mr. Clarke, bitch slapping the “copyright is theft” argument. Favorite quote is the MPAA gal saying, “Intellectual property and physical property are no different.”

Here’s a podcast of the entire discussion.

[via Powazek]


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  1. mrscolex says:

    I’m listening to the podcast now. This isn’t an MPAA smackdown, its railroading by a bunch of P2P hippies. I’d hardly call this “debate”. Again– the girl representing the MPAA is a PR girl, she stated early on that she’s not nearly as technologically competent as everyone else on the panel– after all, this is a conference about Darknets, and presumably it is being attended by basement dwelling geeks.

    Moral of the story: Don’t send a PR person to a geek conference.

    You may derive humor laughing at the cotent but this was not a conference about file sharing and file copying– it degenerated into an argument about it by people who were hijacking the proposed intention of the conference in order to attack the MPAA. I thought Kari composed herself rather well overall.

  2. mrscolex says:

    er wrong name, meant to say Kori