I must say, Xeni‘s post on the MPAA & BitTorrent press conference was pretty optimistic, to the point of ignorant. Why would the MPAA work WITH the guy who they claimed had stated he created his software to promote piracy, right there on his website? I posted the link to it to IRC acquaintences and MSN friends, and stated it was some sort of method to remove torrents that offend the MPAA automatically.
I was half right.
Xeni is still optimistic though, stating
The announcement seems primarily aimed at expressing good faith and neutrality with Hollywood, to lay ground for future paid content distribution agreements with both the motion picture and recording industries. Neither Cohen nor Glickman would estimate how soon such a deal might be in place — but when pressed, Cohen said “soon.”
While a soon from cohen sounds nice, that most likely means cohen is trying to make it happen soon. I still have trouble believe the MPAA will bend anytime in the near future.
In other news: I went and watched the new Harry Potter movie today. It was good, and I paid to watch it because I knew it would be so. The MPAA’s loss of income isn’t because of torrents, it’s Rotten Tomatoes. I stopped my mom from taking my little brothers to see Chicken Little because of it’s insanely low ratings and read some reviews out loud. I didn’t download the movie either, it would be a waste of time.