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39 networks showing MPAA ad in primetime ‘roadblock’ Friday

39 networks showing MPAA ad in primetime ‘roadblock’ Friday. Conveniently, they’re only owned by 8 companies. Viacom has 11.

Reader comments

jkottkeJul 24, 2003 at 5:09PM

This leaves me feeling really, really depressed.

Matt HaugheyJul 24, 2003 at 5:27PM

Interesting that they can launch a "poor us, please help us save our outdated business models by never ever downloading anything again" ad campaign and get free time on so many networks.

At least pay for your own bullshit PR campaign MPAA.

Mike KelleyJul 24, 2003 at 10:41PM

I saw the first one during "Friends" this evening. Nothing like having Sean Astin (of Goonies and Rudy fame) telling me that piracy is bad. Had a couple of producers and "behind the scenes" people saying it's wrong.

OneJul 25, 2003 at 9:03AM

Rather than changing the way we do business to make movies more profitable and paying lower salaries to the top breadwinners in our business, let's guilt the public by throwing movie shills onto TV to plead our deplorable case!
*rolls eyes*
Excellent point, Matt.

Jason (also)Jul 25, 2003 at 9:41AM

Jack Valenti:
"I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone"

now how can you NOT take this man seriously?!?

DenanSep 06, 2003 at 9:13PM

I can't stand this thing, it's one of the most fallacious PS ads I've ever seen. McDonald's (if you look closely, good ole Micky D's is in one of the tiny picture boxes during the last couple seconds of the ad) and Sue down at the local theater who wants a boob job don't lose out on money `cause naughty Billy Joe Bob downloaded Jason X because he thought it was a swell picture.

If they're that worried about 'little people in the industry' why don't they take back that twelve million they gave J-Lo to appear for five minutes in a movie and give it to the 'little people'?

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.