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Videotaping Movies

So it may soon be a felony to videotape movies in a theater. That could include up to 6 years in prison.

This all makes no sense to me. Piracy is already illegal. Why not beef up penalties for distribution? That’s where the harm is — not in the videotaping.

And how about a sense of proportion? 6 years? Are you kidding me? Much more harmful crimes are punished with less.

Don’t get me wrong — there’s probably no legitimate reason to videotape movies. But this is absurd.

What’s going on is this is how Lamar Smith is getting the MPAA to basically endorse the Family Movie Act. I’m not opposed to the FMA, if I understand it correctly. But to get the MPAA to sign on with mildly illogical and extremely excessive legislation… ugh.

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