Matt Stone on the corruption in the MPAA's ratings board

In this 2000 clip from a presentation at the Paley Center, South Park co-creator Matt Stone discusses his experience with the MPAA's ratings board, and explains how, as an independent, he found himself playing a kind of high-priced censorship guessing game with the board, who wouldn't tell him which scenes to change in order to go from an NC17 to an R rating. — Read the rest

Free legal representation for fair-use filmmakers

Documentary film-makers are often hobbled by copyright — the insurers and studios won't let them release their movies until every single copyrighted component is licensed, no matter that they're clearly legal fair use. American University's Center for Social Media released the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use tries to appress this by helping insurers and filmmakers understand what is, and isn't fair use. — Read the rest

MPAA rips off freeware author

The author of ForestBlog, a blogging tool, has discovered that the MPAA was using his code in violation of his license. He gives the code away for free, but requires that users link back to his site and keep his name on the software. — Read the rest

MPAA: it's OK to copy movies if you keep them in a vault

During the Q&A at last night's screening of Kirby Dick's "This Film is Not Yet Rated," Dick recounted the story of how his film was unlawfully duplicated by the MPAA's ratings board. He submitted one copy of his movie to the MPAA, extracting a promise that no more copies would be made — the MPAA's own anti-piracy materials describe making a single unauthorized duplication as an act of piracy. — Read the rest