Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: The MPAA is lobbying Congress to enact a law making unauthorized home theaters illegal.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: As businesses that deal in intellectual property — particularly recorded music and films
In that environment, many people might well believe a group like the MPAA would lobby for laws requiring electronic monitoring of all home theater systems, with owners of such equipment being required to pay registration fees or face hefty fines. That believability makes for good satire, which is exactly what the item referenced above is. The "MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations" article is not a genuine news report, but a bit of satire from BBspot, whose pages carry a disclaimer stating that "BBspot is a satirical news and comedy source and meant to be funny."
Last updated: 6 December 2006
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