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I'm downtown at the National Portrait Gallery for the Motion Picture Association of America's "Business of Show Business" conference. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a 9:30 a.m. panel discussion by holding up a DVD of "The Good Shepherd" that her staff had downloaded and burned it off the Internet.

How did it get online? Feinstein said it had shown up on a file-sharing site three days after Oscar screener copies went out to the movie-industry types who vote on the Academy Awards.

In other words, this DVD is an example of the industry stealing from itself!

But the senator--a former mayor of San Francisco who seems to have forgotten Northern California's tech economy in her lobbying for Hollywood--ignored that angle and instead stuck to her advocacy of more laws requiring copy-control technology in consumer hardware.

(To be fair, Feinstein closed by scolding the movie industry for continuing to glorify sex and violence in its releases.)

By  |  February 6, 2007; 10:59 AM ET
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Didn't her staff technically break the law by downloading and burning the film?

Or is scoring a political point covered under the "fair use" law?

Posted by: MovieFan | February 6, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As it stands, in the US it's only illegal to share, not to download. So as long as they didn't let others download from them, they're legally clear.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's give Sony the right to put more rootkits on their CDs.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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