MPAA Accused of DVD Piracy

Jim Emerson, the (very good) news reporter at writes:

This is one of those "you couldn’t make it up" items. As Roger Ebert reported from Sundance, director Kirby Dick ("Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist") premiered his new documentary "This Film Has Not Been Rated," about the secretive inner workings of the MPAA ratings board. Dick finds that their standards (sex vs. violence, studios vs. independents) are slippery, and that the people on the board itself are not who they’ve always been said to be: Some are parents, but none have underage children, and parental guidance for those 18 or younger was the whole idea behind the ratings in the first place.

But it gets better. Turns out, John Horn of the LA Times reports, that the anti-piracy campaigners at the MPAA actually made an illicit copy of Dick’s movie for their own purposes when it was submitted for a rating.



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