Lots of news on/from/by/with the MPAA today. Xeni at Boing Boing received a "media advisory" (how come we didn't get advised, Glick? Hook us up!) instructing consumers in the art of spotting bootleg DVDs. "The holiday season is a time to for people to enjoy quality entertainment with family and friends and we want to make sure that consumers are safeguarded against pirates peddling counterfeit products,”  Dan Glickman said. “With so many people buying movies and music for their friends and loved ones, we want to ensure that buyers are getting the real Chicken Little and not some pirated turkey.” Xeni points out that consumers are usually savvy enough to spot the tell tale markers of a bootleg ("store consists of worn cardboard box in gutter on Canal Street") themselves, but just in case, points to a Flickr gallery of crappy bootleg covers.

Meanwhile, the MPAA is also apparently pushing to impose stricter fines on anyone who dares to bring a camcorder into a NY movie theater. If they have their way, the maximum sentence for such an offense will involve a $1,000 fine, and up to a year in jail. "We have to do something, because right now there's no risk," said William J. Shannon, an anti-piracy operative for the lobbying group. "Right now, you're looking at something about the same as a parking ticket." Okay, sure – and a thousand tiny violins for the poor MPAA – but is this really the right kind of deterrant? The AP talked to a Pace University law professor who compared the appending of criminal penalties to camcorder bootlegging to "using a howitzer to solve a roach problem."