Popcorn Time Returns Despite MPAA Shutdown

The most popular fork of Popcorn Time, which was subject to a shutdown by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), has announced its return, using the new Project Butter streaming platform. The use of Project Butter to revive Popcorn Time is ironic, since the app was developed as a ‘legal’ alternative, free of copyrighted content.

The rejuvenated Popcorn Time fork was the one associated with PopcornTime.io, which was closed in October 2015 following a lawsuit filed against the Canadian developers by the MPAA. The fall of the PopcornTime.io fork triggered a cascade which caused a number of other forks and contributors to fall away.

Last week, though, those with the Popcorn Time software still installed received a notification. Just two words: “Hail Hydra”. Soon after, Popcorn Time appeared to be working again. Now, the team behind the resurrection have officially confirmed its return in a blog post. The team responsible, who understandably wish to remain anonymous, is thought be different to the original Canadian developers who were targeted by the MPAA, but were associated with Popcorn Time in some capacity, though using the Project Butter software built by the Canadian team:

“After the “MPAA incident”, we’re a little diminished, and we’ve chosen a new direction: we’re shifting from an active development of Popcorn Time to a more or less resilience-driven development. We will keep an eye on the bug tracker (Github) and fix the most urgent ones, but you have to understand, once more, that we are a community offering an application for those without access to a real Streaming platform and a real catalog, for free, without ads

The last four months have been chaotic. We’ve seem [sic] some forks keeping up the good work and others who just wanted to attract users into a trap of adwares & malwares. We would like to take a moment to thank the Reddit Community for taking things over while we were in standby.”

 

Google Receives 1500 DMCA Takedowns Per Minute

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act gives copyright holders the ability to make takedown requests for any content they deem a breach of copyright law. During the last month, Google received 5,609 takedown notices spanned across 65 million links. This translates to 1,500 demands per minute or 25 per second! According to TorrentFreak, takedown requests have doubled compared to the same time last year. The graph below outlines the huge rise of DMCA requests per week:

Back in 2011, Google only received a few hundred takedown requests each day but this figure has now grown to more than two million. On another note, Google last year changed its search algorithm to downrank websites which hosted pirated content or received copyright notices. Despite this, the MPAA and RIAA believe Google isn’t doing enough to deter piracy and remove content in a quick fashion. However, the huge amount of takedowns only makes the system appear quite flawed and impossible to manage effectively. Perhaps copyright holders should focus on the serial offenders and not simply a site hosting the odd illegal file here and there.

I can see the upward trend continuing and takedown requests per day reaching 3000, then 6000, and 12000. This seems ridiculous and surely there is a better way of protecting copyrighted material without going on a crusade through the DMCA.

Popcorn Time Ramps Up For Full Comeback

When the main fork of popular torrent video-on-demand app Popcorn Time closed in October, citing legal issues and splits within the development team, many suspected that the so-called “Netflix for pirates” was a goner.

But it seems that reports of Popcorn Time’s demise has been greatly exaggerated, with the developers releasing a new version of the platform, utilising new APIs to display content – and replacing the now-defunct YTS with TorrentsAPI as its movie provider – via reddit.

The new Popcorn Time also features a new VPN service to protect users and bypass countrywide blocks on sources used by the streaming app. VPN.ht is owned by Wally, who just happens to be the head developer for Popcorn Time. Wally told TorrentFreak that, by pairing the two programs, he could envision a fully functional Popcorn Time again very soon.

“I am still considering a full comeback, I just do not want to release a half working version,” Wally said.

While Popcorn Time allows users to view copyrighted content for free, Wally sees the service not as opportunist theft but instead as a lesson to Hollywood as to what film lovers want and how to give it to them. “The popularity of Popcorn Time should be an example for the MPAA to a build a future streaming platform that will be open to the entire world,” Wally asserts.

YTS Closure Down to Deal Struck With Hollywood

YTS, the website that was home to the infamous YIFY torrents, closed for good last week, calling time on years of good quality, low file size HD pirated movies. YIFY, which was the primary source of content for popular pirate streaming app Popcorn Time, nor YTS revealed what had motivated its decision to cease operation, but it has now been revealed that the team responsible agreed to the closure in a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in order to escape prosecution.

YTS was under legal pressure from the MPAA, as confirmed by its Chairman Christopher J. Dodd last week. “This coordinated legal action is part of a larger comprehensive approach being taken by the MPAA and its international affiliates to combat content theft,” Dodd said.

In response to legal action, the unnamed 21-year-old behind YTS – said to be a citizen of New Zealand, much like Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who could face prison for similar deeds – signed a private settlement deal with the MPAA to close down the site and cease producing YIFY torrents in order to escape jail time, according to TorrentFreak. The YTS.to domain name was later signed over to the MPAA.

Given the similarities between the legal infringements by YTS and the on-going prosecution of Kim Dotcom, the German entrepreneur is understandably aggrieved by what he calls “a double standard”.

“I think our case has chilled law enforcement and Hollywood against pursuing the criminal route in cases such as this. Quick civil settlements seem to be the new way to go,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

Image courtesy of CurrentlyDown.

MPAA Seeking Programmer to Take Down Pirates

Are you a software programmer in need of a job? Do you hate people who torrent the latest instalment in the Twilight franchise (brave stance, I know)? Yes? Then the Motion Picture Association of America wants you! The MPAA is an organisation with a history of throwing its weight around to get its own way, resorting to duplicitous and Machiavellian schemes when that doesn’t work. Now, it intends to take the law into its own hands, seeking to hire a software programmer to hunt, track, and report on computer users suspected of sharing any copyrighted content that falls within the MPAA’s purview.

A job posting has revealed that the Software Programmer will work directly under the Vice President of Internet Content Protection, and responsibilities include developing tools to monitor and collect large amounts of data on pirates.

“They will develop and use automated tools for gathering large amounts of data from online websites and resources, and generate meaningful statistics to help guide and bolster enforcement actions,” reads the application.

Key Responsibilities are listed as:

  • Assist the Vice President and Internet Intelligence Managers in developing and executing a global internet strategy.
  • Designing and developing applications; tasks include programming, coding and debugging, both for proprietary and third-party systems.
  • Develop scripts for conducting automated scrapes of online information for intelligence gathering and enforcement purposes.
  • Conduct detailed forensic analysis of online content, including reviewing technical infrastructure of online platforms and sites.
  • Analyze, investigate and report on websites at the code level (PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc.).
  • Organizing the intake of vendor-supplied information into internal tracking and case management systems.
  • Monitor, investigate and report on copyright infringement occurring online via established and emerging content distribution technologies.
  • Creating, developing and/or revising business processes and applications to aid in the streamlining of Internet Intelligence activities.
  • Perform customized trainings with self-produced materials on technical topics in support of internal staff, association members and law enforcement.

If the MPAA put as much energy into making film content more easily accessible into persecuting those that download torrents, it might actually Onbecome effective at fighting piracy. Some may think Hollywood doesn’t really care.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

‘Pixels’ Copyright Notices Removed the Studio’s own Trailer

Pixels is an atrocious video game-themed movie and less endearing than a swarm of angry wasps. The film has gained notoriety for its sheer incompetence and it has received an astonishingly low score of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not content with ruining the childhood memories of many iconic arcade games, Columbia Pictures has attempted to copyright the term “Pixels” and instigated a wave of copyright take-downs.

According to TorrentFreak, an anti-piracy group called Entura, hounded a number of independent filmmakers and removed their work from Vimeo. This includes a film from 2006 produced by NeMe, a non-profit organization and ‘Independent Museum of Contemporary Art’. In a forum post, the company said:

“Our NGO has just received a DMCA notice for a video we produced in 2006 entitled ‘Pixels’,”

 “The video was directed by a Cypriot film-maker using his own photos and sounds/music on a shoestring budget and infringes no copyright.”

“Please somebody do check the video in question and confirm for yourselves that it breaks no copyright laws and that it has nothing to do with the latest multi-million blockbuster which prompted this notification.”

Unfortunately, the video no longer exists and the URL displays a redirect error. Once again, this illustrates how absurd the DMCA algorithm is and how often it affects legitimate pieces of content which have nothing to do with an automatic copyright claim; the copyright legal framework is absurdly outdated and needs radical reform.

In a hilarious twist, a DMCA takedown actually removed Pixels’ trailer from the official account designed to market the film. This should serve as a lesson to companies who attempt to copyright a widespread term and bully content creators. The current DMCA policy is flawed and constantly abused to remove critical videos or fan-made creations containing a copyrighted music score. Columbia Pictures, Adam Sandler and Entura should be ashamed of themselves.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

E-mails Reveal MPAA Planned Media Campaign to Smear Google

Back in December last year, we brought you a story revealing that Google had filed a lawsuit against the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, with whom it is alleged the MPAA has a more than cosy relationship with. The lawsuit accuses Hood of working with the MPAA, the banner under which major Hollywood studios operate, to launch a secret campaign to attack Google. The campaign, which was codenamed Goliath, was discovered thanks to leaked documents from last year’s Sony Pictures hack.

Since the lawsuit was filed, Hollywood studios have resisted Google’s subpoenas regarding their relationship with Hood, who is accused of investigating Google at the behest of the MPAA, denying the company its First Amendment rights in the process. Some of the materials Google has managed to lay its hands on through the filing, however, have uncovered the shocking revelation that Hood and the MPAA were conspiring to use Hollywood’s media arms, including popular morning television show The Today Show and the Wall Street Journal newspaper, to publicly smear Google in its effort to undermine the internet giant. The e-mails were revealed during a new filing on Thursday (23rd July).

A segment from an incriminating e-mail reads:

Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see aboutworking with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The “live buys” should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google’s stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed.

Not only does the e-mail reveal a covert and coordinated media attack on Google, but flat-out admits that the Google-bashing inflammatory content pushed through The Today Show and the WSJ would be developed by the MPAA. Beyond the MPAA’s insidious Goliath campaign, this disclosure calls into question all editorial content within The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and any and all media outlets owned or run by major Hollywood studios.

Thank you TechDirt for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Variety.

The Pirate Bay Applies for .PIRATE Domain Name Registry

As a response to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) applying pressure on the domain name industry, Reservella Ltd., the parent company of The Pirate Bay, has applied to register the generic top-level domain (gTLD) extension .PIRATE.

The move is hoped to facilitate The Pirate Bay bypassing the current and projected domain registry regulations that have impeded the torrent side since its inception.

Winston, a spokesperson for The Pirate Bay, told TorrentFreak, “We can no longer trust third party services and registries, who are under immense pressure from the copyright lobby. So we decided to apply for our very own gTLD and be a true Pirate registry.”

The Pirate Bay hopes that the registration proposal, which is being processed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will help create a new pirate movement, and, if approved, the .PIRATE domains will be made free and open to anyone who wants to adopt one.

“The ultimate goal is to create a true PIRATE hydra. This means that we will allow other sites to register .PIRATE domain names too. Staying true to our pirate roots the domains can be registered anonymously without charge,” Winston said.

He added, “Things are looking good so far, but we’re not there yet. Fingers crossed. Let’s hope nothing foolish happens.”

Source: TorrentFreak

MPAA Considering Pulling out of UK Pirate Notice Program

Earlier this year the MPAA entered an agreement with the UK government to begin sending out warning notices to Internet pirates. However, it seems that they don’t really believe in them and probably much rather want dangle huge fictive settlement fees in front of us and hunt the pirates with lawsuits.

The warning notices is one of the cornerstones of modern anti-piracy tactics. The copyright holders monitor internet traffic on torrent and similar systems, log the IP address on the offenders and ask their ISP to send out warning messages for the customers to stop their illegal activities. France was one of the first to adopt this method, but to no surprise the American ISPs are the biggest ones to use this system now. This system has been brought to the UK over the summer, but it seems the MPAA wasn’t really on board with it.

In fact, Torrentfreak is reporting that the MPAA had such cold feet in advance that they flew over a former senator to have a talk with the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Senior Policy Advisor in March. While they reached an agreement, the MPAA still doesn’t seem convinced that the warning-only system works. But for now it looks like Hollywood will give VCAP time to work, but could pull out at a later point if the public simply isn’t getting the message.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TheRegister

MPAA Settlement Figures Are Nothing but Hot Air

The Sony hack has provided us with a lot of insight in what is going on behind the lines and at places the public usually doesn’t even know about. The amount of leaked data was huge and there are still people going through it to discover all the hidden secrets.

The next revelation coming from here is that the lawsuit settlement figures the MPAA likes to brag about, are nothing but hot air and direct and deliberate lies. This isn’t really a revelation as such, we all pretty much assumed so already. But now it’s also been confirmed.

It shows from a leaked email between the MPAA and Sony, that the actual settlement between the filehoster Hotfile and the MPAA was just 4 million and not 80 million like the MPAA announced. That public figure was agreed upon as part of the settlement. Hotfile shut down its servers shortly after the settlement, but we now know that this also was a part of the settlement and agreed upon in advance.

“The studios and Hotfile have reached agreement on settlement, a week before trial was to start. Hotfile has agreed to pay us $4 million, and has entered into a stipulation to have an $80 million judgment entered and the website shut down,” the email from Sony’s SVP Legal reads.

It’s always been hard to believe anything that comes from the MPAA or media lobby in general, and this sure isn’t making it any easier. Just as the $110 million settlements with IsoHunt or TorrentSpy never did happen, at least not in that size.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TorrentFreak

Google Files Lawsuit Against MPAA and State Attorney General

In retaliation for the Motion Picture Association of America’s secret campaign to undermine it, Google has taken legal action against both the MPAA and one of the Attorneys General the MPAA paid to do its dirty work. The campaign, codenamed Goliath, was revealed by leaked documents from the recent Sony hack.

On Friday morning, Google filed a lawsuit in Mississippi District Court against State Attorney General Jim Hood, accusing Hood of targeting the company with a “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena that accused Google of violating Mississippi consumer protection law without valid grounds. As the lawsuit puts it, “The Attorney General may prefer a pre-filtered Internet, but the Constitution and Congress have denied him the authority to mandate it.”

Google has also launched evidentiary actions against the MPAA and its retained legal counsel at Jenner & Block, requiring the two parties to retain documents pertaining to the Goliath campaign, suggesting another lawsuit could be en route.

Source: The Verge

Google Speaks Out Over Secret Attacks by Hollywood

The recent Sony Pictures hack revealed that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had organised a secret campaign against Google, going so far as to pay Attorneys General to do their bidding, due to the perception that the search engine was facilitating online piracy. Now Google has responded to the secret attacks.

“We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret, coordinated campaign to revive the failed SOPA legislation through other means,” Google wrote on their blog on Thursday. “While we of course have serious legal concerns about all of this, one disappointing part of this story is what this all means for the MPAA itself, an organization founded in part ‘to promote and defend the First Amendment and artists’ right to free expression. Why, then, is it trying to secretly censor the Internet?”

The MPAA is yet to comment on the details of the leak.

Source: The Verge

Latest Sony Leaks Reveals How MPAA Want To Change DNS

It’s no secret that the MPAA are wanting to take stronger measures against piracy, but recent Sony leaks suggest they’re pushing to crack down even harder than they already are; they want to target the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

The plan was first proposed as part of SOPA a few years ago, but as many of you know, it failed to pass Congress after a lot of protesting and complaints. New information suggests that the MPAA’s lawyers have been looking for a way to use the tactic under existing law, allowing them to remove offending sites from DNS, effectively removing them from the internet phonebook and preventing people from finding the sites. Of course, the major issue here is, who defines what an infringing site is and will we just end up with a trimmed down internet that only shows sites deemed suitable for us.

“A takedown notice program, therefore, could threaten ISPs with potential secondary liability in the event that they do not cease connecting users to known infringing material through their own DNS servers,” the letter reads. “While not making it impossible for users to reach pirate sites (i.e., a user could still use a third-party DNS server), it could make it substantially more complicated for casual infringers to reach pirate sites if their ISPs decline to assist in the routing of communications to those sites.”

It’s a brute force tactic and one that would be very effective, but currently it’s also illegal to do so. Even current DMCA notices walk a fine line, as they’re often handed out broadly and without proper investigation. Worst case scenario is we end up with people using dodgy DNS servers, exposing themselves to severe security issues in the process.

SOPA may be dead, but those behind it are still trying to find ways of rebranding it and making it law.

MPAA Plot to Attack Google Uncovered

Leaked e-mails have revealed that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) paid multiple state Attorneys General to attack Google. The leaked e-mails are the latest scandal to break from the massive Sony online hack. The MPAA and Google have a tempestuous history together; Hollywood accuses Google of facilitating copyright infringement by indexing illegal torrent sites, and Google regularly resists the MPAA’s attempts to censor its search results.

The Verge summarises one of the key incriminating e-mails from the MPAA below:

May 8, 2014: Fabrizio to group. “We’ve had success to date in motivating the AGs; however as they approach the CID phase, the AGs will need greater levels of legal support.” He outlines two options, ranging from $585,000 to $1.175 million, which includes legal support for AGs (through Jenner) and optional investigation and analysis of (“ammunition / evidence against”) Goliath. Both options include at least $85,000 for communication (e.g. “Respond to / rebut Goliath’s public advocacy, amplify negative Goliath news, [and] seed media stories based on investigation and AG actions.”).

The e-mail needs a little deciphering: ‘Goliath’ refers, of course, to Google, whereas CID stands for ‘Civil Investigative Demand’, a form of administrative subpoena to force information from a company. In summary: powerful Hollywood studio collective pays US public servants to bully a company it doesn’t like. It will be interesting to see how the MPAA tries to spin this.

Source: Techdirt

Google Refuses MPAA Request to Block Torrent Sites

Google has refused requests from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to block the homepages to a number of torrent sites from its online search results. Google has not released its reasons for denying the requests, but it is believed that, since no pirated content is linked on the respective sites’ homepage, they are not deemed guilty of copyright infringement, most acting more like aggregators or search engines.

A Google representative outlined their policy toward blocking copyright infringing material in a conversation with TorrentFreak, posted on Sunday, saying, “We’ve designed a variety of policies to comply with the requirements of the law, while weeding out false positives and material that’s too remote from infringing activity.”

Source: KitGuru

Media Lobby Indoctrination Turns into Education

About a year ago it was reported that the MPAA and RIAA were building a curriculum, targeted at kids from kindergarten through sixth grade in California, to teach about copyright law. This was however highly criticized in the media for being very one sided, not surprisingly. While teaching kids at a young age about copyright is a good thing in it self, there was barely any mention of fair-use and free-to-share copyright licenses at all. Just a lot of ‘don’t do this and don’t do that’.

Behind the entire thing are the MPAA and RIAA together with the California School Libraries Association and iKeepSafe. Torrentfreak have now discovered the final version of this curriculum, and it looks like the public outcry and media attention a year ago paid off. The new version shows big improvements.

Back then everyone involved was quick to state that it was just a pilot and that the final materials would be more balanced, and the president of the California School Library Association acknowledged that it was very one-sided and that the early drafts came straight from the content industry. “We’re moving along trying to get things a little closer to sanity. That tone and language, that came from that side of the fence, so to speak,” said Glen Warren back then.

The old draft put the emphasis on what you can’t do with copyrighted content, now it instead emphasizes that sharing can be a good thing and describes the Creative Common licenses in detail. Every lesson plan informs the children about fair use, and a lot of mandatory teacher remarks have been completely removed or changed. For example it no longer reads “we recognize that it’s hard work to produce something, and we want to get paid for our work”. It now reads, “the projects they created are fun / informative / respectful, and so they may want to share them online,” instead.

The media files that are included in the curriculum, such as videos, have doubled in length to cover fair use and Creative Common licenses. It now also informs the students that it’s totally fine to use copyrighted images and music in the Power Point presentations, as long as it’s only showed in class. The old draft warned students against this, something that would make the homework a lot harder.

Above is the old purpose and key concepts and below the new. They clearly show the difference in the approach taken before and after the revision of the material. You can read up on the entire content at iKeepSafe, if interested.

If it wasn’t for fair-use and common creative licenses, the internet would be a boring place. Just take our news for example, or any news for that matter, or all the blogs out there. We report on things other people have created, done and accomplished. If we couldn’t show you the photos and videos, this would be an entire different site. That said, it’s great to see that kids will be taught all sides and options in the future, instead of being trained into lobby sheep.

Thank you torrentfreak for proving us with this information.

Images courtesy of torrentfreak and freevintagestamps.

IsoHunt Brought Back From The Dead, New Spin-Off Created

Earlier this month torrent indexing site IsoHunt was forced to shut down after its owned Gary Fung faced a lawsuit from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) which ended up with him having to pay them $110 million in compensation. Of course Gary Fung is unable to pay that kind of sum and wouldn’t do so even if he did have the money, hence why IsoHunt had to shut down instead. Now a few weeks later TorrentFreak reports that IsoHunt has been resurrected by a different group of people under a new domain of isohunt.to not isohunt.com. The new “spin-off” is apparently in no way associated with the old IsoHunt but it has been designed to pretty much imitate it.

“ArchiveTeam” were believed to be behind a move to revive IsoHunt and they went to extensive efforts to try and back up the site before it was taken offline. On hearing of ArchiveTeam’s attempts to backup and essentially “copy” IsoHunt, owner Gary Fung took the site offline early to prevent it. This means that the new IsoHunt is actually in no way associated with ArchiveTeam or the old IsoHunt operators. The new IsoHunt is operated by a third party team who say that preserving the cultural icon of Isohunt is what matters to them.

“IsoHunt has been a great part of the torrent world for more than a decade. It’s a big loss to everyone who used it over the years. Media corporations don’t like innovative or competition and isoHunt’s fate is one of the examples of how they deal with it…IsoHunt can definitely be called a file-sharing icon. People got used to it and they don’t want to simply let it go. We want those people to feel like being at home while visiting isohunt.to. The main goal is to restore the website with torrents and provide users with the same familiar interface.”

Whether you believe their justification about preserving a cultural icon to be true, or whether you just think they are looking to make a quick buck off someone else’s hard work, they are still seeking to create an IsoHunt imitiation or replacement service. The new operators of isohunt.to say that 75% of the old isohunt.com database has been restored, whether former isohunt.com users warm to the new domain and website layout is another matter.

Image courtesy of Isohunt.to

Films And Their Ratings, Do You Know How They Work?

If you watch movies you know that they have a rating system, though you probably don’t know much about the system and how it works. Television shows and movies get rated by a group called MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America. MPAA is a United States based organization.

MPAA released their current version of the rating system in 1968, though it did not have PG-13 as a rating until 1984. The current ratings are:

  • G: General Audiences – All ages admitted, Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.

  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested – Parents urged to give “parental Guidance” May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.

  • PG13: Parents Strongly Cautioned – Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

  • R: Restricted – Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

  • NC-17: Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.

The United Kingdom has their own rating system for films, which is similar to the American version. Their organization is known as British Board of Film Classification or BBFC. With the knowledge provided hopefully everyone will easily be able to make a decision as to what types of films that are going to watch.

Some of you might be aware of the rating system, and how it works, but to others, they might be completely oblivious. I have found over the years that some people pay little to no attention to the things around them.

If we go over each rating, we will notice that depending on your type of parenting depends on if you will allow your children to watch a film. Also, depending on your views and opinions, this could also take into account the different types of films that you may be willing to watch.

One thing to remember with any film is that unless it is a documentary (docu) it is most likely entirely false! Movies are designed as a source of entertainment, over the years I have noticed how everyone has a different view of entertainment, and movies are a great example of that.

As parents are responsible viewers, it is important that we carefully check what we allow our children to watch, or even watch ourselves. Watching a film can greatly impact our way of thinking, as well as disgust or even horrify us. Personally, there isn’t much that I will not watch, though I have seen a ton of disturbing films.

To help you make your own decisions, you can read more about film ratings at www.mpaa.org, as well as find the rating of a film on www.filmratings.com. If you’re located in The United Kingdom, you can check out this website http://www.bbfc.co.uk/ which has more information on British ratings.

I hope that this has been informative for you, and helps you to better yourself and your viewing experience. I encourage you to think for yourself and not allow others to influence your decisions on what is appropriate and not appropriate to watch. Yes, some films are disturbing, gruesome and down right WRONG! Some people are able to handle viewing them, while others might share their lunch with everyone around them. The reality of it, is it is a form of entertainment.