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MPAA tries and fails to shut down Reddit’s movie-sharing community
Let’s just say things didn’t go as planned.
The request was obtained by TorrentFreak and specifically cites the film Edge of Tomorrow, but links to the entire subreddit rather than just a single post. This is just the latest in a long line of anti-piracy measures the MPAA has taken to protect the intellectual property of movie studios.
This latest effort by the MPAA was unsuccessful. Google has denied the MPAA’s request and has actually done more harm to itself than good.
Since TorrentFreak published its article on the MPAA Tuesday, r/FullLengthFilms has netted hundreds of new subscribers and visitors.
The moderator of r/FullLenghtFilms, jaredcheeda, says he is looking for help to clean up the subreddit, which is awash in “spam links.”
“This place is a shit hole of spam links,” jaredcheeda commented. “If anyone wants to be added as a moderator to clean it up, let me know. So far, no one from Reddit.com or TorrentFreak has contacted me regarding this. I wasn’t even aware until a user on here linked me to the article.”
Jaredcheeda did not immediately return our request for comment. We will update this space with any response we receive.
Update: In a message to the Daily Dot, jaredcheeda says the MPAA’s attempt to have r/FullLengthFillms knocked out of Google’s search results was “quite strange” considering its relative lack of popularity among U.S. redditors.
“Currently no one representing Reddit,
H/T TorrentFreak | Photo by gtall1/Flickr (CC By 2.0)
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.