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Old 28-04-2012, 12:53   #1
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92-Year Old Veteran Pirates Movies to Help Soldiers

Piracy is rampant in the US military.

Because the MPAA refuses to deliver entertainment to troops overseas, soldiers are forced to pirate.

Some download movies via the Internet, others buy bootleg DVDs, and there’s also talk about sanctioned “Morale” hard drives full of warez.

Recognizing the problem a 92-year old WWII veteran is also helping out. Hyman Strachman, or “Big Hy,” is sending thousands of illegally copied DVDs to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The New York Times has the full story, which is definitely worth reading.

Worth noting is the MPAA’s response to Big Hy’s pirate operation.

“We are grateful that the entertainment we produce can bring some enjoyment to them while they are away from home,” a spokesman said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/ny...hero.html?_r=2


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Old 28-04-2012, 13:34   #2
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Didn't they used to have a USO show to entertain their troops?

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“We are grateful that the entertainment we produce can bring some enjoyment to them while they are away from home,” a spokesman said.
Talk about having the patriotic gun to your head lol
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Personally i hope they go after him, It will be the biggest own goal in history . But lets face it the Motion Picture Ass of America have no balls and no honour so what have they left to lose.
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Re: 92-Year Old Veteran Pirates Movies to Help Soldiers

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Piracy is rampant in the US military.

Because the MPAA refuses to deliver entertainment to troops overseas, soldiers are forced to pirate.
But they don't refuse to deliver entertainment to the troops. Page two of the NY Times article you linked to states:

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And while Mr. Strachman’s movies were given to soldiers as a form of charity, studios do send military bases reel-to-reel films, which are much harder to copy, and projectors for the troops overseas.
Even if they didn’t provide them in what sense are soldiers “forced to pirate” as you put it?
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Because the MPAA refuses to deliver entertainment to troops overseas, soldiers are forced to pirate.
No, they are not. If food manufacturers refused to supply the US Army, then the soldiers would be forced to steal food from the towns and villages they passed through (as armies often did in times past). But nobody needs to see the latest blockbuster, so nobody is forced to steal it.
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No, they are not. If food manufacturers refused to supply the US Army, then the soldiers would be forced to steal food from the towns and villages they passed through (as armies often did in times past). But nobody needs to see the latest blockbuster, so nobody is forced to steal it.
Maybe not Chris but under the circumstances of facing possible death everyday I think that they may want entertainment that is reasonably up to date.
I am reminded by the MASH series where the weekly film for the camp was always delayed,damaged or incredibly dated.Not a morale booster at all.
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Re: 92-Year Old Veteran Pirates Movies to Help Soldiers

You are perfectly correct. They may want it. But they are not forced to steal it as a result.
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Well this is a problem for the mpaa because if they do go after this guy pirating will get it's biggest boost ever and if they don't they basically lose the battle against piracy they are stuck between a rock and hard place and i cannot think of any organisation that deserves it more.
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Re: 92-Year Old Veteran Pirates Movies to Help Soldiers

This thread is full of emotion. Look that the thread title:

"92-Year Old Veteran" - How is his age or previous military service relevant?
"Pirates Movies" - Pirate, the content industries favourite term of copyright infringement.
"to Help Soldiers" - I take the point about morale, but better equipment might help the soldiers. A larger movie collection, not so much.

The MPAA could go after him, but that wouldn't be a great PR move.
That said the MPAA have shot themselves in the foot some many times, they must walk around on mushy stumps these days.
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