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Indie group wins screener ban battle

Written by Jari Ketola @ 06 Dec 2003 8:57 User comments (6)

Indie group wins screener ban battle Federal Judge Michael Mukasey on Friday ruled that the MPAA can not stop their members from sending out screener copies of movies. MPAA immediately stated that it will appeal the injunction.
"We know, without dispute, that in the past screeners have been sources for pirated goods both domestically and overseas," MPAA president and CEO Jack Valenti said in a statement on Friday.

But the fact remained that small budget movies would have suffered from the ban the most. Critics simply don't have the time to go and see the number of movies they're seeing now in theatres. Smaller movies have received award nominations and press coverage mostly thanks to screener copies sent to critics.

"I believe people who received screeners will be much more careful [now]. Before people looked at them as Christmas gifts, and there was nothing to tell them they weren't...They came up all nice and wrapped," said producer Jeff Levy-Hinte.

L.A.Critics Association president Jean Oppenheimer was pleased about the ruling. She couldn't tell, however, if the organization would regroup and re-establish its awards. The association called off their awards in October in protest of the ban.

Source:
E! Online

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6 user comments

16.12.2003 9:28

This is excellent, it shows what small companys can do. the MPAA will have to think harder and produce a smarter way to stop piracy instead of banning screeners altogether. Thats was just cheating!

26.12.2003 9:28

This is excellent, it shows what small companys can do. the MPAA will have to think harder and produce a smarter way to stop piracy instead of banning screeners altogether. Thats was just cheating!

37.12.2003 1:06

Glad to see the judge made the right decission.

47.12.2003 5:49

This is good news for a change. I just wish we were getting some other good news about the RIAA, because they're just out of control.

57.12.2003 6:47

w00t!! Now, the indie groups can actually make money. You know what is really funny though, is that the MPAA are putting indie groups in their own anti-piracy commercials. (If they really are real indie groups)


Everyone is entitled to their own true opinion. Either respect that or don't.


68.12.2003 8:00

If a movie does get pirated, it would be the STUDIO, mega OR indie that would potentally lose money, right? Not the MPAA. So how is it that the MPAA thought they could dictate what the studios did in the first place? The studios PAY the MPAA, not the other way around. I'm glad the judge put these bozos in their place.


We mustn't lower ourselves to the level of those we loathe, lest we become loathsome ourselves.

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