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MPAA files more lawsuits against movie and TV series sharers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Feb 2005 15:52 User comments (12)

MPAA files more lawsuits against movie and TV series sharers The Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) has filed more lawsuits against P2P users it alleges to have traded illegal copies of major motion pictures and TV shows online through P2P networks. These new set of lawsuits come just days before this years Oscars, which Hollywood is using to spread it's anti-piracy message around. The MPAA claims that lost sales due to piracy will stop film-makers from working on movie projects or new TV shows.
Once again the MPAA didn't say how many people have been sued, or whether the material they allegedly shared with each other were DVD-Rip copies, Telesyncs, Telecines, DVD Screeners for Academy Awards purposes etc... They just said the usual comments. "When rampant online theft occurs, these films become that much harder to finance...we cannot and will not let that happen," MPAA Chief Executive Dan Glickman said in a telephone conference call with reporters.

While reports continue to show us that lawsuits are not slowing P2P sharing of any copyrighted material or really scaring the general filesharers, the entertainment industry continues in its slow lawsuit process. The fact that this legal process is slow is a major problem for their cause, considering that technology is rapidly expanding to offer filesharers safer options than traditional P2P networks. It's a unending battle it seems, it will be interesting to see how it progresses over the next few years.

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12 user comments

125.2.2005 20:09

If they've already made the movie, then why do they need to finance it? If these bastards go on strike, then that's fine with me, I don't watch hardly anything on television anymore, its all become crap and reality TV. I have however been able to download some great older shows that don't have DVDs available, or they are out of production.

225.2.2005 23:16

Thats so true, tv reality shows are crap. thats whats on all feaking day. I stop watching TV now cuz of that crap.

325.2.2005 23:17

Sorry. Freaking all day.

426.2.2005 8:12
talia777
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Is it possible that the MPAA can be suing for downloading of TV shows. I've stopped downloading movies a long time ago, but I don't understand what the case is against TV shows, who get their money from advertising. I don't get sued for giving a friend a VHS tape of last week's Lost so why should I get sued for sending one over the computer? Secondly, does the MPAA even control TV shows or just movies?

526.2.2005 10:50

Is it just me, or did I hear somewhere that the MPAA had no intention of suing individuals? Seems they can't quite make up their minds on what to do (typical of a desperate association that has no idea what it's doing). Even if you looked at it from an anti-piracy point of view, though, what they're doing is like trying to bail out the Titanic with a teaspoon - a completely futile and wasteful effort. Their anti-piracy "message" is flawed too. The people who already share/download movies aren't going to stop because the MPAA flashes a message at the Oscars telling them to stop. All they're doing is letting ignorant people know that there is a way to share movies for free. The MPAA is shooting itself in the foot and giving movie sharing some free publicity.

627.2.2005 16:56

can you say gay.

727.2.2005 19:48

Here is thier qoute: "When rampant online theft occurs, these films become that much harder to finance...we cannot and will not let that happen," MPAA Chief Executive Dan Glickman said in a telephone conference call with reporters. Unqoute". But, they can still pay Tom Cruise, his 20 mil..... They're so full of it, the whole place stinks.

827.2.2005 21:06

Skopas has it nailed! They can afford to pay Tom Cruise his 20 million dollars for 4 months of work not to mention all the other costs. These are THEE GREEDIEST SONS O' B*TCHES in the world. Multi BILLION dollar corporations worried about a few movies being shared. It's disgusting.

928.2.2005 8:04

So if i subscribe to cable tv.( so i am paying for the programimg ) What does it matter if i go and download a episode of my fav show i missed?

1028.2.2005 10:13

The MPAA could probably do just as 'well' if they went after the bootleggers on eBay. Maybe they own eBay shares and don't want to shoot themselves in the foot?

1128.2.2005 12:36

Does anyone know anybody that has been sued by the mpaa?

1228.2.2005 12:55

Go to www.google.com and type in this "Sued by the MPAA?" The list starts there.

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