This should win the "Irony of the Year" award. Apparently, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been accused of unauthorized movie copying and distribution. The Director of the film in question claims that copies were made and distributed to MPAA employees without his permission. According to Mark Lemley, a professor at the Stanford Law School, the MPAA may have been within its rights to make copies of the film. Given that the MPAA's intent isn't financial gain and that the whole situation may rise above the level of trading barbs through the media into legal action, making a copy may be justified. Huh? So the folks who rip DVDs and distribute them over BitTorrent aren't breaking the law? After all, their intent isn't financial gain either, right? Besides, the MPAA's site empirically states - "manufacturing, selling, distributing or making copies of motion pictures without the consent of the copyright owner is illegal." Well, didn't they just make copies and distribute them without the consent of the copyright owner? I'm no lawyer, but the justifications and excuses just aren't making any sense to me.