"The protection of intellectual property rights is vital to the movie industry. This bill is necessary to ensure that all those involved in the production of a film, from the director to the set carpenter, are not cheated." - Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican.
Naturally, the president of the MPAA wanted to voice his personal gratitude to the congressional sponsors of this legislation, since the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act also includes sections criminalizing the use of camcorders to record a movie in a theatre, and authorizing the use of technologies that can delete offensive content from a film. Basically, all of the things that keep movies and music flowingly freely over the internet are being made illegal and punishable by fines and prison time.
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