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Report: Several raids in Internet Piracy Crackdown

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 30 Jun 2005 3:50 User comments (102)

Report: Several raids in Internet Piracy Crackdown It is being reported on some news sites that some raids took place today against Internet "warez" groups. It has been confirmed so far that there was at least one arrest against a Fremont man. Chirayu Patel, 24, was arrested yesterday accused of setting up hardware and running a site for a group called Boozers; who are famous online for releasing pirated DVDR copies of movies. Apparently the FBI unmasked a number of piracy groups by making massive amounts of storage space available to them.
On these 2 servers provided by the FBI and 2 servers provided by "warez group members", 27TB of data appeared including movies like Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith just hours after their first theatre showings. Patel is alleged to have become a "Site Op" who used one of the undercover servers and uploaded loads of video games, architectural software and movies.

While now there are only a couple of news sources writing about it, the rumours have been buzzing around the Internet all morning with some details reaching us slowly. Apparently, raids were also targeted against the leaders of groups Centropy and TDA. Some other details that have come this way include the apparent nickname of one federal agent involved - Griffen.

An announcement by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is expected today with details on the larger investigation. We will keep up to date as more details come clear.

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102 user comments

130.6.2005 4:38

Wow the FBI (Frustrated Bunggulars Incoperated) or (F#chin Bad Information)acully did some thing that they think worked ... the reason no-one is carring the story is because they want to do it agaian.... everyone will be a whole lot more aware of this and will be more carefull in which country they post stuff... isnt the FBI the same group who cant find that 6foot tall Saudie thats hooked up to a dialyes machine.. running around in the desert? so who really helped them... because they couldnt do it on their own.....well its to bad those guys got nailed but it sure sounds like intrapment to me if they rented them the space to post their warez .....

230.6.2005 6:15
ripdox
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330.6.2005 8:39

and its a low blow to everyone around the world that in the CIA round up over the Itailin Papers that none of the fbi were included... they need to be rounded up and flogged. our goverment being what it is..( liers cheaters and theives.) have got alot to answer for ... I only hope that war crime charges are handed down in a few years for the attack on a soverjen nation who did not attack us... and that Bushes name is at the top of that list for lieing to the american nation and the world ... what would be great if tony blair filed the papers with Nato to arrest GW himself....

430.6.2005 9:26
duketown
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I don't think they will ever learn, I guess. Actions like this only makes more people want to help "share the ware(z)", and I don't believe it actually makes much of a difference in the stuff offered. I'm curious which other groups got caught...

530.6.2005 10:23
Melissa66
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I think instead of going after guys like this they should concentrate on going after the murderers, child molestors and child killers, i think our government will become more after the general public than the criminals thats already apparent. I was born in the US but as more time goes on it makes me wonder how much the government will push their rules on us. This country is messed up i can say that honestly. Our government officials get damn good retirement pay and these idiots are living the good life at our expense. They need to spend more time on crucial issues instead of trying to go after some guy or girl trying to have some fun. I feel that as long as a person does not sell what they download or share then they should just leave them alone. I mean after all if you buy a movie, you let friends and family members share the movie or you may even sell the movie to that person does that make it illegal? So many issues so little time. It seems they want to make most of us criminals but honestly there are more important issues at hand. If some crackpot FBI agency set me up just to get me arrested i would be suing the crap out of them but then again they are callous and cold just ask Leonard Peltier...shame shame shame on our government what a F**k up. They want to give anyone a bad rap if they cant find the guilty person but thats a whole other ballgame isnt it? For those of you who dont know about Leonard just read up on his story sometime the man got a very bad rap in more ways than one he got screwed basically. How does this relate to the article? Simple be careful you dont turn your back on the FBI you might get shot or stabbed then no one will know what happened to you....these are my opinions only and i have the right to freedom of speech the day that freedom is lost hi ho ill move to canada...then i can smoke legally....hehehehehehe Melissa aka Midnight

630.6.2005 10:53

(.nfo edited out) Well it looks like someone slipped throught the net (no pun intended) Warez will live forever!

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730.6.2005 11:04

Hey guys I had to register to post this but I confirmed that 2 members of centropy and at least one member of saosin was arrested in the raid Ill get back with more news and link in about an hour greetz centropy you are a true scene player and fuck the FBI (Fancy Bittorent ingnorance) FBI needs to get a life and stop the nuke situation

830.6.2005 11:45

lofl at everybody acting like they know something. You'd all be shitting your pants and crying if the FBI came calling...and that's before mommy took away the xbox.

930.6.2005 12:33

and just a lil fyi, there are like 10 or 9 other countries involved in this, including australia, some int he middle east, and europian countries

1030.6.2005 15:44

God Bless America.

1130.6.2005 16:36

Viva Piracy!

1230.6.2005 16:51

Just a few years ago, I had nothing against the movie industry. I had no problem with them going after people who pirated media. With all the crap they've pulled over the past few years though, I've got the mind to rip every DVD (and, heck, VHS tape too) I have and share as much as I can. When they just targeted people trying to make a profit on something they didn't create it was one thing. Now, they are going after decent people whose only crime is liking a movie enough to share it with their friends or download it to check it out before they spend hard-earned money on it. I know I'm not the only person to think this way. It's their own fault that the money spent on movies has gone down. If they'd stop suing their customers maybe one of them could afford to go to the movies or buy a DVD again! That is, if there's even a movie worth seeing anymore. They've done a lot more damage to themselves than piracy ever could.

1330.6.2005 18:04

Let's be reasonable here. Theft is wrong any way you look at it. BUT, backing up movies that we own is not theft, notwithstanding whatever laws the US (Con)gress has been fooled into passing. Neither is sharing the movies that we own (what, I can't loan out my books either?), which, from what I have read, actually leads to sales. No, theft is going into a theatre, recording a movie and selling that recording. I'm darn glad that's illegal! Grow the hell up and be patient, you children out there and wait until the quality DVD comes out, which you can then decrypt, make an archived copy, which you can share with your friends, who may decide to buy. That keeps the movie makers going, Verbatim going, LUK! going, don't say it!, and our forum going. But come on! If you created a sculpture that everyone wanted, and someone came along and mass produced it and sold it without sharing with you their prfits, would you not be just slightly peeved? Well, it's the same with a hundred thousand people downloading a theatre-recored movie. [B]IT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG[/B] [QUOTE]THE FATE OF ALL MANKIND, I FEAR, IS IN THE HANDS OF FOOLS.[/QUOTE] (King Crimson)

1430.6.2005 19:02

QUOTE: nonoitall: "Now, they are going after decent people whose only crime is liking a movie enough to share it with their friends or download it to check it out before they spend hard-earned money on it. I know I'm not the only person to think this way." Damn straight. You know, it's funny, about 60% of the dvds I own are from movies I downloaded in the first place and wouldn't have bothered paying to see or rent. The mpaa cries millions of dollars lost in revenue each year, but they're not counting profits from dvd, just ticket sales. How much of a spike in profit do you think they've seen in the past 5 years since dvds have become mainstream? Almost once a week I hear in the media that "there's is the biggest slump in movie sales since the mid ninties" No shit? With the price of big screen high definition televisions such as plasmas and lcds going down in price each month, and movies being released on dvd 2 months after they were in the theater, why deal with the over priced tickets and annoying audiences when you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home? It's like when the RIAA goes off on internet piracy for lack of sales, and yet time and time again critics say "I doubt piracy is the cause of bad album sales, bad albums are the cause of bad album sales" Did you hear from the RIAA when Usher sold 1.1 million copies of his cd in one week, last year, at the height of the riaa's allegations. Bottom line is, I don't agree with stealing movies for a profit, but the mpaa really needs to pick their battles and question if the sharing of films online has really hurt their business. In my opinion, they should consider it free advertising and thank us all.

1530.6.2005 22:51

you know why the movie industry is losing money? because they insist on paying people who can't act ridiculous amounts of money to be in a stupid movie that noone wants to see in the first place. because they spend ridiculous amounts of money to remake movies that were good the first time around and I repeat, pay people who can't act ridiculous amounts of money. because they think that just because a rapper is selling lots of cds, people are gonna pay to see him/her in a bad movie that they spent ridiculous amounts of money on advertising and promotions only to have it pulled from theaters a week after it's release. did I forget the ridiculous amount of money part?

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your conscience doesnt absolve your guilt

1630.6.2005 23:23

I agree. It used to be that I'd almost always go to the theater at least once a month. Now I hardly ever go. Aside from Star Wars episode III, the most recent movie I've seen in a theater was probably Spiderman 2. And when did that come out - like a year ago? It's obvious that the movie industry's focus is no longer making good movies, but making good profits. Unfortunately, they don't understand that good movies and not suing their fans bring in more profit than poorly written, amateurishly directed, unprofessionally acted movies and launching legal attacks on what few customers they have left. They're destroying themselves and pointing the finger at file sharing in a desperate attempt to sue back the millions they've squandered. It's not "Give the script-writer what they want," "Give the director what they want," "Give the actor what they want," or "Give the producer what they want." It's "Give the customer what they want." They have completely disregarded that very important business rule.

171.7.2005 0:25

I think that we are all forgetting just how much money is involved in the movie and music industries. At this level there is much power and greed and law enforcement agencies will pander to the power. This will never change. So look out! Ultimately its still wrong to rip although we all do it to some extent.

181.7.2005 1:10

Congress has forgotten ours is a nation to be governed by the people for the people. They have forgotten that people vote, not corporations or the mpaa. They make laws now at the whim of the elite, nevermind it is not for the public good. Alas it will continue until the people send the politicos a message at the voting box. Then of course the cowards will switch sides ! Never vote for an incumbant ever ! And, never ever vote for a lawyer. Boycott Hollywood movies. I shall never pay for one again. They charge more and more for less and less so they can pay hot shot actors 20 million a pop. Screw that noise ! This is evidenced by the serious drop at the box office in the last 12 months. I mean they expect people to pay to see that garbage ? Of course THEY will blame it on piracy ! What a joke. They haven't got a clue do they ?

191.7.2005 5:43

wow look at all the ranting and raving about this!!! Don't you know that nothing will be accomplished with just talk!!? ok.... will there be change in this country...... all the time...... will there be new leaders doing the same thing that our fathers did before them? Yes! There will always be croocked poloticians everywhere! Money talks, Bull sh-t walks! And where there is money there are laws to make the rich richer! Every time we elect new people into the government they want to make their mark on society! It's a game to them! They make new laws.... are they good laws..... who knows ...... but every year taxes go up or they take away our deductions on the premise that "we haven't raised taxes"! Does it matter..... NO!~ We as a nation don't have a say at all...... it's the elected officials that have all the power and they get the good life when they retire..... poor slobs like us have to slave away our lives to get anything and they have their hands in the pie to make things hard on us! But there is only one thing we keep forgeting! THIS COUNTY IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD! I WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE! The USA with all it's faults is the place to be and you can tell cause everyone fights to get here! I love this country and what it stands for..... but there are too many rules and regulations that change with the wind direction that make everyone nervous! Why come down on people that pirate things...... because it upsets THEIR apple cart! Even if it's just a little.... they know they can't stop everyone but they have to set an example that even the little man will be put away if you break the law! And there are many laws we dont' even know about! Now, with the National Security laws, they can put you away and call you a terrorist if you wear your mustache too long and lock you away and throw the key in the sewer,FOR ANY REASON THEY CHOOSE!..... YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS ANYMORE! So when they lock up people that pirate movies/music they are sending a message...... DON'T f....... WITH US! They have the power we don't! It's that simple...... but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!~ At least we can complain about it!

201.7.2005 5:59

I am up in Canada and I just saw that our government got in on this as well. That is strange because our federal courts have ruled that downloading isn't different from having a photo copier in a library. The issue is yet to be heard by our Supreme Court. Now, frankly, most of the stuff available for download is of rather poor quality, especially the cam stuff. If you like the movie, you will buy it, rent it or copy it when it comes out on DVD. DVD sales and rentals outstrip movie attendence anyway and that's where the money is. What is of true concern, this will undermine if not destroy the betamax decision. What's next? Will dvd writers be removed from computers? Will DVD recorders and VHS recorders be withdrawn from the market? Here's an idea for the whining multi billion dollar entertainment industry, put a good quality film on line at the same time you release your movie and charge a reasonable price for the download, let's say the price of a dvd rental. If I have a guarantee that this movie will be an excellent digital reproduction in a language I speak, I will pay to download it. Do not expect me to mortgage my house to go see it in a theatre, I won't. Don't make me wait a year before I can get it on DVD, I will always be able to get a pirated version no matter what you do. Step up to the plate jerks, this is the information age. If you want your intellectual property protected, set up some electronic distribution of your own. You will make a killing. It will be the only decent thing you have made in years. You people piss me off. Sorry about the rant afterdawn people, I am contacting my politicians on Monday (Today is Canada Day) and I am going to raise hell. There is no Patriot Act up here and the RCMP cannot trample on my civil liberties and get away with it.

211.7.2005 6:25

i have to agree with all on this topic. I mean free stuff is great, and legal stuff is great. But why bring the fbi into a matter that is harmless to all. its not like where killing each other cause we want the lates copy of starwars! why not look at imagration for a chance? homeland security? half of these fbi fruit cakes have never even served in the military let alone used a computer. and im sure 1 out of 10 cant even make there own coffee. the internet is becoming more and more like driving your car down the street now days. " dont drive to fast or you'll get pulled over." Seriously i can think of way better things then to arrest people and give then 25 to life for downloading a movie. "inmate 5701" "what are you in here for , im here cause i raped a 12 yr old girl and sodamized a dog. "inmate cpu1357354135" "i downloaded a few movies and some albums for the kids" talk about mess up society. anyways you all have a great day. and dont let the feds run up in your house or you will be talking to inmate 5701 soon enough.

221.7.2005 6:38

(Blessedon); Confusion... (Micro$oft) will be our (AfterDawners) ....Epitaph. As we crawl... (endure the never-ending corporate greed, corruption and bullshit) ....a cracked and broken path. If we make it, (past DRM), we can all sit back and laugh. But I fear, tomorrow I'll be crying. (Win-Xp; Longhorn) Yes I fear, tomorrow we'll be crying .....

231.7.2005 6:38

piracy will never die,there is too much money involved so they should quit while they are ahead. simple as

241.7.2005 6:41

fear t3h bill gates and his remote control shower.

251.7.2005 6:52

jesus....!! ,klingon,your scary....:)) hehe

261.7.2005 6:57

They can't even tell the truth for when Star Wars 3 became available on the net.I know I saw that movie available for download a week and a half before its release date. I didn't d/l it since I don't like watching video camera recorded movies. Anyway point is I know they lied about Star Wars 3 availability so how much truth could there really be in any article like this. No offense Dela I know you type what you see. -Del

271.7.2005 7:26

<hee-hee> Hi hursty! Welcome to AfterDawn, my most fave of _all_ favourite places. =) Today (July 1st) is "Canada Day". That means I get the day off (from work), which in turn means I get to suck-back all kinds of beer (burp!) and check out the A/D threads. (Yay!) Member blessedon just struck a pleasant chord with me (King Crimson), and you know? (He's right). But truly, I'm just a "pussycat" so-to-speak, despite my moniker (A_Klingon). Even Klingons have a soft side. (They just don't usually admit it). The picture is from King Crimson's debut album, which blessedon quoted from. (I'm listening to it now on the headphones). Hey, hursty..... what do you think of that "Dela" guy ??? (The guy who started this thread). He never tells us very much about himself. (I think he must be a bit 'chicken'). He too is "pussycat", although one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise, based on this latest 'ominous' news report. <gg> Does he have a girlfriend? Did she kiss him today, d'you suppose? (It's so hard to get to know these elusive A/D personnel types). 'Specially dRD, the guy who "doesn't like titles". [I know _he_ gets gets a few kisses here and there 'cause he just had a brand-spanking-new little baby daughter.] Peace, my friend. Blu-Ray is on it's way...... -- Mike, the ominous Klingon --

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281.7.2005 7:37
Doggy_Bot
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Some of these raids were in Canada including the provinces of: Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec...

291.7.2005 9:53

Has anyone else seen the intro on some centropy cd's where they show footage from reports about one of the times they got busted, while 'Nobody does it better' plays in the background? Class, absolute class.

301.7.2005 10:25

Yes Doggy, and some of the entertainment people up here are crowing about how they will be able to sue us Canadians. I didn't know the US Supreme Court has authourity in another country. Don't mistake my meaning, I am not anti-American, but I don't recognize the authourity of the US Supreme Court in Canada. Not yet, anyway.

311.7.2005 10:59

Quote:
jaehomo Newbie 1. July 2005 @ 13:53 Report an offensive post Has anyone else seen the intro on some centropy cd's where they show footage from reports about one of the times they got busted, while 'Nobody does it better' plays in the background? Class, absolute class.
NOW THAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE / HEAR !!! excelant!
Nothing here to see, move along folks.

321.7.2005 12:26

Darn, but that was good! A_Klingon you crack me up. You put me to a lot of work too! I had to dig through stacks of LP's to find my King Crimson because you gave me the first case fo LP envy I've had in years. Since I'm off work too, it seemed only fitting that I'd join you in a near-perfect day of good music, cold Molson, backing up my new Bill Murray movie (The Life Aquatic), with DD of course, and perusing A/D forums to see if I can help those who can make use of my limited knowlege. THANKS![/B]

331.7.2005 12:29

The walls upon which the prophets (LUK!) wrote, is cracking at the seams.

342.7.2005 5:47
dludden
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The truth of the matter is we can change things! If you truly believe the MPAA and RIAA have too much power then it's time to email as many people you know to stop going to movies and buying CDs. I guarantee you that if we all band together and start an email campaingn to boycott movie going it will bring the MPAA to it's knees. They will have to give in to the buying publics wishes. So what is it we want? Better movies? Cheaper prices? online downloads? My point here is make your voice heard. Tell everyone you know to stay away from the theatre. Also write the Motion Picture Assocation of America and tell them you're fed up with their their raping the public. They need to know that we, the buying public won't put up with their crap anymore and we expect better from them! I hope you join me in telling as many people as you know to boycott movie going untill we see chaanges and at the same time eamil the MPAA we are telling everyone we know that we intend to boycott untill they listen and act upon what we ask as movie buyers! Drecords

352.7.2005 6:01

dludden: Hyperthetically you are right...... but in the real world ....... you will not reach anywhere near the amount of people that you need to tell them to stay away from the movies by email! And even if you can HOW MANY OF THEM WILL LISTEN AND OBEY OR FEEL THE SAME AS YOU AND I WHO WANT CHANGE!? Even if you go on NATIONAL TV and WORLD WIDE COVERAGE most people will not do what you ask them to do! So, to me it's a lost cause. All the yelling, screaming, emailing, or any other type of communication broadcasted around the world......WON'T CHANGE THE BIG BROTHER ROUTINE! They will find a way to squash THE VOICE OF REASON to a whisper! They have all the power ..... we don't.

362.7.2005 6:36

The bottom line is this...The MPAA is complaing for nothing. The bootleg copies out there of Star Wars, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and various others are no replacement of going to the movies or getting the dvd when it comes out. They are not perfect quality. No where near. They are not worth paying for and are of zero economic value. Maybe some street vendors in Asia sell them for like 2.00 us dollars but that is all they are worth. Besides, most people do not have the high speed connections needed to download theses movies in like 3 hours. The movie industry will never learn...they see a downturn in sales and say, " It must be those damn warez groups." Let go after them! Its not ...when you charge 9.75 a ticket, 4.00 for some candy at the theatre you basically freeze out the average american family from affording to go to the movies. Bottom line is this...people can get a dvd for 15.00-20.00 and have better picture quality and sit in there own home. Why go to the movies? I like the expierence of the movies.....but not as much when I have a nice HDTV at home and sorround sound. They are creating their competition. Bottom line, lower prices, or make the product better.

372.7.2005 6:43

Quote:
They can't even tell the truth for when Star Wars 3 became available on the net.I know I saw that movie available for download a week and a half before its release date. I didn't d/l it since I don't like watching video camera recorded movies. Anyway point is I know they lied about Star Wars 3 availability so how much truth could there really be in any article like this. No offense Dela I know you type what you see. -Del
http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2005/June/05_crm_353.htm And first scene release of star wars was just a day or two before original theatre date, so if they were operating a site (the feds i mean) they would not have seen star wars until then. I originally hear about these raids on IRC when i got PMs from a friend about it, then was passed some information and some search warrant scans. I waited until i saw at least 1 big news source write something before I wrote what I knew - which was mercury news - yet i left in the extra details i had to a degree including name of couple of groups we knew were hit then and the nickname of a fed that operated one of the sites. Oh and Kligy..... you crazy mofo are u at it again? ;-)

382.7.2005 7:14
duke8888
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The feds are getting very deep into the piracy of software and media distribution and soon our federal courst and prisons will be packed with a bunch of 18 and 19 year old kids. Minors will have their lifes ruined because of this and the feds will make examples of everyone they can get their hands on. I would never download movies or copyright programs as they are getting very harsh in this day and age of high tech. There are taps on all internet hubs, Microsoft has built in features fir the feds (as part of the federal case they settled a while back) if you run windows they can track and trace you very easy now. The best thing is if you like someting and want to use it buy it. If not don't buy it that will hurt the companies.

392.7.2005 7:23

What companies in the Canadian Provinces were raided? How could this be? Canada's Supreme Court hasn't ruled, as yet, on the legality of downloading etc.

402.7.2005 7:41

I don't think our prisons are going to be full of downloaders or 18-19 year old kids. They seem to be going after the top distributors of warez clans. Its like cutting the head of the chicken, they are trying to take the head out hoping the body will stop working. The problem is they can make a dent but the head will grow back. They are fighting a loosing battle.

412.7.2005 9:44

Well, well....The entertainment industry is complaining that there is an 18 percent decline in movie attendance and this is reflected in their profits. This decline is going on even though they have stopped so many file trading sites. Could it be that the Hollywood Elite have pissed off a lot of the little people ?? Does this mean that the elite will have to get along without another Europian castle or another limosine in their garage ??? Will the Carl Reiner family be stuck with just 24 SUVs, they may have to decide between another SUV or a new Lambergini... One would think that an industry that sues little old ladies and 12 year old children would have the brains to figure out what is going on. Many of the people that I know won't go to any movie at all. There are several points to the argument that these non-attendies give..... 1....The entertainment industry wants complete control over one's entertainment. This includes what, when, and how one gets entertainment. So much for entertainment freedom. 2....The entertainment industry has and uses political clout to not only control the public's private life but also to levie taxes on blank CDs, blank DVDs, blank video tapes, and on computers which is put into a pool to be divided between the entertainment studios because these items might be used to copy their product. 3....The entertainment industry has destroyed the concept of public domain. You can be sure that they will do everything in their power to crush anyone that they find making a copy of something like the The Petrified Forest (1936) or Idiot's Delight (1939) but when it comes to filming a re-make, you can be sure that they will argue that they do not have to pay anyone because the work is in public domain, at least for their purposes...... 4....The entertainment industry say that they are trying to preserve jobs, yet when the entertainment indusry calls for a boycot of some manufacturing company or a service industry, they do not seem to care about any lost jobs then. Also, when the script girl, the sound man, the gopher and others begin to get residual payments for re-runs, then they may be listened to. All the monies, the extra taxes, 95 percent of the residuals go directly to the the studios and is paid to the studio heads. There have been many, many cases of where an actor is supposed to get residual payments instead of being paid just for the actors work. The studios then use " Creative Bookkeeping " to keep the money for themselves. 5....The greater majority of the entertainers, the Martin Sheens, the carl and Rob Reiners, the Barbara Streisands are more than willing to tell the public how to live their lives but no one dares to tell these actors, directors, producers, studio heads how to live their lives. No one tells the elite what to do... 6....The entertainment industry is devising ways to stop the recording of TV shows. This is one of the major reasons for changing to digital television. High resolution TV can be had with anologue TV. But, the logic is, if there is to be change, let's go digital because embedded data can be included to keep people from recording from the air waves. Even if a person manages to make a recording, the digital anti-copy data will keep a computer from making any copies. One person who works in the entertainment industry even suggested that embedding computer viruses or trojans into the digital video stream was possible and that he would look into the matter. This same man also belongs to a group that wants to include an income tax of the general population to be collected by the government and paid to the studios. He concludes that there is a tax on computers and video supplies already, and it would not be any different than the monies paid to farmers and various manufactering indudustries from income taxes.....

422.7.2005 9:45

Let's see...This is the same Supreme Court that makes it legal for a movie studio by using eminent domain, to take away a group of private homes, pay either pennies on the dollar or nothing for the property so the studio can expand it's back lot, or put up bigger sound stages, or just make a bigger parking lot..in other words, the court would allow the studios to steal peoples homes for the studio's private use but allows the same studios to prosicute and sue the inventors of some technology that can possibly be used to share files... This is sort of like a bank being able to repossess ones car because the bank can resell it somewhere else at a greater profit then suing the car's manufacturer because it was used in a hold-up of the same bank...

432.7.2005 19:29
Earlacey
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I have a question. No this is technically according to the letter of the law, I am I allowed to let you borrow my DVD? Can I hand you a copy of my DVD and let you watch it, though you did not pay fo rit or rent it. Do I have to be in the room with you to make it OK? Hahahahahaha But seriously, what will they blame next for low movie sales or attendance?

442.7.2005 20:38

No, you may not loan any copyrighted material unless you have are a public library. See title 17 below. http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html Not books, LP's, CD-ROM's, most recipies, and you can no longer sing Happy Birthday in public. Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday Dear Afterdawn Happy Birthday to you. screw all this, I'm outa here. Unscubscribed.

453.7.2005 4:03
DELTA_9
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I love this country and what it stands for( quote from above).... what exactly is that? (crush kill destroy?)...(we are the mighty all thou bow before us...the mighty)...USA focking sux arse it is forcing all the world to have the same laws as ther great U.S ..if it was not for your ...so called lucky country...all this copyright blulls#it would go unchecked and unnoticed!!!!your county is a bully and i h@te all of your kind...

463.7.2005 4:09

I don't think you are right about that. Even if the United Stated did not exist, I think there still would be a copyright contrevery. Its that we are in an information age, and information is easy to get. Weather you copy dvd's, cd's, or just get them off the internet, the problem is that it is easy to do. Technology just got better and the mediums of selling information like a cd are easy to copy. Basically, these companies did not bother to come out with better technologies that are harder to copy. Take the cd, that came out in the early 1980's! Its out dated...that is all there is too it

473.7.2005 12:21

v3loc1ty-- Your comments make zero sense. Your gratuitous insults toward the FBI are puerile and ridiculous. FBI agents put their a*ses on the line everyday to protect us. Are there higher priorities than music/movie/software piracy? Of course. Just as a murder is a higher priority for your local yokels than some guy selling 20 rocks out of his back window. And if there were fewer profession pirates like this Patel, more resources could be devoted to the fight against graver threats such as Islamofascism, pedophiles, child porn and illegal alien smuggling. We're not talking about a guy who made a single copy of a movie and gave it to his friend. This isn't about letting your friend install a copy of Office 2003 on your PC. We're talking about serious, professional pirates--profiting from theft. And, yes, there is danger invovled. Theaters have had prints of Episode III stolen at gunpoint. Just as with Return of the Jedi: in my own hometown, the very theater where I first saw Jedi was robbed at gunpoint by professional highjackers, they were in and out in less than three minutes and no one was hurt. This bespeaks serious criminal organization. Mr. Patel is NOT helping those of fighting rights-destruction technology (i.e. "copy protection"), he's HELPING the greedy b*stards in Hollywood and Music Studio Land! He's giving them ammunition to back up their pretended "right" to violate our REAL rights to back up our music CDs and DVD-Videos (under both the Betamax Decision of 1984, the "Fair Use" provisions of Federal law and the American Home Recording Act). Doubtless, Patel was running ads on his warez site(s) (and studies I've done for my Masters in Criminal Law have shown that the vast majority of warez sites run ads of some kind) and thereby profiting and thereby becoming a professional pirate. I imagine if you owned the copyright to catalog of popular music you'd created you'd wanted to get paid, right? Well, shocking as it is, Metallica, Madonna, the Stones, Rush all would like to get paid for what they've done. Imagine if your bosses decided next Friday that you didn't really need your paycheck, that it would be better for him to take your pay and take his girlfriend to McDonalds. (That you're probably not make more than minimum wage is pretty clear.) Mr. Patel was doing the same thing. You SHOULD direct your real anger at the SS-RIAA and the KGBPAA who are trying to make sure we can't protect our investment in DVD and CD libraries. And, to reiterate, people like Mr. Patel are only helping Hollywood greed, giving weight to their argumetns for breaking Federal law. WAKE UP! The problem is NOT the FBI enforcing the law. It's people like Patel violating it. This country is the largest and/or most successful producer of movies (though India makes more movies than we do, their combined box office take is less than one blockbuster stateside), music and software. That would rapidly cease to be if copyrights weren't protected by law. I imagine you'd be put out if someone stole the car for which your Daddy's making the payments, right? Well, image how he'd feel if some stole the equivalent of hundreds of cars from him? Pretty pissed, I should think. Try putting yourself in the victim's shoes, just in your imagination, just for a second, and perhaps you'll get a clue.

483.7.2005 12:38

duke8888-- There aren't legions of "kids...hafing (sic) their lives ruined..."! That's just stupid. If there are, pls source this claim. Give us URLs to newspaper stories, even legitimate advocacy gropus, (the ACLU, the EFF--do you even know who these groups are?) to back up this claim. Silence? That's right. Because you have NO proof. Is the RIAA out of control? Absolutely! Is Hollywood's greed, as exercised through its enforcer the KGBPAA, disgusting? Are both violating Federal laws? Of course. We have rights enshrined in Federal law. For every blank CD-R, mini-disc, dat or cassette tape, the American Home Recording Act adds a tax of a few pennies. This money is then paid out to record companies as compensation for consumers' being able to make private copies of music they've purchased. You want to be angry about something? Be angry about the fact the same people who are receiving the tax dollars WE pay when we buy that 50 pack of CD-Rs at Wal-Mart are also deliberately damaging CDs to stop us from making LEGAL private copies! Now THAT is an outrage! The "Fair Use" provisions of Federal law give consumers the explicit right to make personal, backup copies of DVDs and VHS tapes. This right is violated by CSS and Macrovision's rights destruction technology. THAT's something that should get you angry. And, here's a fact, since you seem to have trouble recognizing them: NO ONE has gone to jail for file-swapping or burning a copy of Eminem's latest CD and giving it to his cousin. Yes, kids (including, infamously, the twelve year old girl that appeared in the Pepsi Superbowl commercial) have been sued by the SS-RIAA. Yes, that's absurd. But there's a big difference from paying $1200 is settlement of a civil lawsuit and being thrown into a cell. Instead of jumping out ahead of the curve and creating download services BEFORE the creation of P2P software, the record industry sat on its butt and did nothing. Now they claim they have a "problem." Of course, they don't! iTunes and other download services prove that the vast majority of consumer will pay for music downloads. I do. The real problem the music industry have is S****Y music! Records sales haven't declined for 10 out of the last 12 years because of 12 year old girls copping Britney tunes of the 'Net. It's because of the pop garbage created by schlock-masters like Simon Cowell and Lou Pearlman. Studies have, in fact, shown that CD sales at record stores near college campi have INCREASED since the advent of file-sharing. Be angry about REAL problems, don't waste chat-board space with your paranoid fantasies and delusional thinking. Here's $5. Buy a clue.

493.7.2005 12:50

DELTA-9 If you'll take your cranium out of your arse for two seconds I've got a message for you: KISS MY MOSTLY HAIRY WHITE BUTT!! By your post it's obvious you're a Brit. How sad. The only reason your little country isn't the smallest province in the Nazi empire, or singing the Soviet National Anthem everyday, is America's ability to crush and destroy BRITAIN's enemies. Not only that, we put our cities at risk nuclear annihilation to protect yours every day for FORTY years. You ungrateful little nimrod. It was the stupidity, inaction and cowardice of YOUR country's leaders (and France's) which allowed Hitler to nearly take over the world. And, just as in 1918, we had to pull your nuts out of the fire. More Americans were killed protecting England than English people were killed by Nazi bombs, rockets and cruise missiles. GET A CLUE YOU MORON! Try reading a history book. Sir John Keegan has authored many that will educate your illiterate ***. The ONLY reason you are a free man/wo--, excuse me-- boy/girl today is because Americans were willing to travel, in some cases 5000 and 6000 miles, to protect YOUR country. Your assinine comments spit on the grave of not only every American who died to save England, but upon their Royal Army comrades whom they have fought side by side in WWI, WWII, Korea, the Cold War and now against Islamofascism. Not to mention all the intelligence and satellite photos we gave you during the Falklands War! As for copyright insanity, it was BRITISH law that crushed DVD Decrypter, NOT American. See Parliament about that, bud. Give a knock on 10 Downing Street and see Mr. Blair. Why don't you take care of the problems in your homeland before vomiting your juvenile bilge on mine? Idiots like you almost make me ashamed that English blood flows in my veins. Clearly most of the best genetic material came across the Atlantic before 1776. What an ******* you are!

503.7.2005 13:15

v3loc1ty's comments make a lot of sense, dude. The FBI really does have its priorities backwards.

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And if there were fewer profession pirates like this Patel, more resources could be devoted to the fight against graver threats such as Islamofascism, pedophiles, child porn and illegal alien smuggling.
If they were doing things the way they were supposed to, the afore mentioned things would be given attention before much less serious things like movie copying. If rape victims had as much money as the MPAA, I bet the FBI would give them a higher priority though.
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Theaters have had prints of Episode III stolen at gunpoint. Just as with Return of the Jedi: in my own hometown, the very theater where I first saw Jedi was robbed at gunpoint by professional highjackers, they were in and out in less than three minutes and no one was hurt. This bespeaks serious criminal organization.
Yes, but threatening someone's life isn't something that all pirates just go and do - it's a crime all on it's own. If a poor parent goes and holds up a grocery store so she can get food to feed her family, yes, she's a criminal, but eating is not a crime. Someone who threatens someone else's life should be locked up, but only a very few disturbed pirates do this.
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Well, shocking as it is, Metallica, Madonna, the Stones, Rush all would like to get paid for what they've done.
Last time I checked they weren't on wellfare or anything. They do get paid millions for what they've done. Then, they whine when they can only afford 27 Porsches instead of 28 due to "rampant" piracy.
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Mr. Patel was doing the same thing.
Though the RIAA would have you believe differently, copying something is not the same as stealing it. It has never been proven that sharing copyrighted materials has led to a loss in sales, especially with the lower quality of media typically found on the internet.
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The problem is NOT the FBI enforcing the law. It's people like Patel violating it.
The problem is the law itself.
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I imagine you'd be put out if someone stole the car for which your Daddy's making the payments, right? Well, image how he'd feel if some stole the equivalent of hundreds of cars from him? Pretty pissed, I should think.
Again, copying and stealing are not the same thing.
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Try putting yourself in the victim's shoes, just in your imagination, just for a second, and perhaps you'll get a clue.
The movie industry is not a victim, it's an expoiter. If no one agrees with me that's fine and I'm sorry, but it just seems like the truth to me.

513.7.2005 13:18

Wow, are you going to flame everyone in this thread?

523.7.2005 16:33

The MPAA and many times the RIAA are the biggest hypocrits that walk the earth...Oops, there are politicians walking around too, aren't there ??? My wife just reminded me of the Hollywood hypocrisy that is continously at work... Some examples are...... Movie actor Cliff Robertson was charged by the IRS for not paying taxes on over $100,000 of earnings. He launched a private investigation that turned up a producer that was issuing checks in Robertson's and others names that neared a million dollars, co-signing the checks and cashing them for his own use. When this was brought out, the IRS dropped charges against Robertson and charged the producer with tax fraud. [ the producer's name was withheld at request of the Hollywood studios ] The studios declined to press charges for what amounted to grand larceny and embezzlement so there were never any arrests or charges against the producer. Meanwhile, the major studios blackballed Cliff Robertson for nearly ten years befor an independent studio decided to use him in a movie... James Garner, who played a detective in the TV show ' The Rockford Files ', agreed to be paid through residuals instead of by episode. He signed a contract to do a set amount of shows. He was paid a comparitive pittance during the shows run. When the time came for the residuals to come in, creative bookkeeping kept Garner from collecting a cent, yet, The Rockford Files are still showing re-runs and making money for the studios. The first Batman movie was one of the highest grossing movies at the time it was released. Yet, according to reports and although the studios made a bundle, there was little or no profit in the movie. Creative book cooking again. MPAA is a case of crooks screaming foul... I just received an e-mail from a Canadian who says the FBI was roaming around up in his area this last weekend arresting file traders. The regular citizens are getting a little ticked off suggesting that the Royal Mounted Police should be able to come down to California and issue traffic tickets or something. They feel that this is setting a dangerous president...

533.7.2005 18:17

quote And, here's a fact, since you seem to have trouble recognizing them: NO ONE has gone to jail for file-swapping or burning a copy of Eminem's latest CD and giving it to his cousin. Yes, kids (including, infamously, the twelve year old girl that appeared in the Pepsi Superbowl commercial) have been sued by the SS-RIAA. Yes, that's absurd. But there's a big difference from paying $1200 is settlement of a civil lawsuit and being thrown into a cell. there's been people jailed for having dvd's and prosucuted for unlawfully labeling record

544.7.2005 4:40

SO they are suing people in a civil court setting??? Its not in a federal court by the governemnt. That is bad but not as bad as I thought. Wow they are spending a hell of a lot in lawyers fees then. Its about 5,000 us to put a lawyer on retainer and sue someone in civil court. And they only get 1200-3000 per law suit. Why sue then? They are just trying to scare people away. I hate to say this even if they took down every file sharing site and even the torrent sites..people will just go old school...private ftp's lol

554.7.2005 6:38
Kmate
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Pain_man. Your a perfect example of why so many countries find the American way sickening.. Im not going to go into a diatribe on why suffice to say that alot of us Aussies would just call you a drop punt..kmate?

564.7.2005 7:16

Guys, PLease lets not fight on here. I think we all came to this site looking for solutions to problems. We are all united for are love of technology. If we are talking about America it is not a perfect country, it has done some terrible things I agree with that, but I would rather live in American then anywhere else. That is just my few point. As for copyright protection, file sharing, and anything else....the companies that sell this stuff are just behind the times. They will either discover new means of making money, or the economics of free markets will bankrupt them...bottom line economics 101

574.7.2005 8:53

I do not buy music or movies or go to the theatre anymore. Since the RIAA and the MPAA likes to sue 12 year old girls, 85 year old women who don't even have computers, even dead people.. They are going to have to get their next Lamborgini without my help... Before anyone says that not buying their products will hurt the little guy, remember that the entertainment industry loves to call for a boycott against any industry that doesn't fit their view of how the world should be and they do not care how many "little people" get ran over in the proccess.....Besides, my life is not dependant on them, but their's is dependant on people such as me.....

584.7.2005 8:54

I do not buy music or movies or go to the theatre anymore. Since the RIAA and the MPAA likes to sue 12 year old girls, 85 year old women who don't even have computers, even dead people.. They are going to have to get their next Lamborgini without my help... Before anyone says that not buying their products will hurt the little guy, remember that the entertainment industry loves to call for a boycott against any industry that doesn't fit their view of how the world should be and they do not care how many "little people" get ran over in the proccess.....Besides, my life is not dependant on them, but their's is dependant on people such as me.....

594.7.2005 8:57

Hmmmmm....It posted twice, must have been worth repeating...

604.7.2005 11:07

My thoughts exactly dufas.

614.7.2005 19:27

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Oh and Kligy (sic) ..... you crazy mofo are u at it again? ;-)
Hi Dela! =) Well, I'm being "good" today, but it seems that lots of others are 'at it' by the sound of the name-calling I've been reading. Oy ! I'm not going to get into this one (!) although I hope the good folks in here can tone it down a bit. I was really sad to see your preliminary NeroDigital guide just dissappear so quickly, Dela. I had wanted to compare notes, so-to-speak. I made a simply *marvelous* .mp4 nero encode today with the 30-day trial version of Nero Digital. Probably the best-looking mpeg-4 encode I've ever made. (Beats DivX handily). Perhaps I'll post some comments in the Nero forum and drop off the .log file if anyone's interested. And please guys...... Geeze Louise, today was the USA's *birthday*! (Ours was July 1st.) So, peace to you, and try to be nice to each other! -- A_K --
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625.7.2005 7:43

They are still missing the point, its actually against the law to do the below, - copying music from LP to blank tape ( blank tapes never went out of circulation ) - Copying TV movies and shows on Beta and VHS tapes, even tape to tape ( Beta and VHS tapes never went out of circulation ) - copying CD to blank tape ( as above ) - Copying radio stations and other music sources to tape ( as above ) - copying ..... ahhhh what are they doing. Lets look at the situation point blank,,,,,, I have a internet connection allowing 1000 Mb per sec download speed with 60GB per month download limit. Now would anyone seriously use that much or need that speed, so there ya go the ISP's around the world are promoting this sort of thing to happen, not to mention blank cds, they are available in supermarkets for gods sake, they are just making excuses and need a scapegoat to blame the downfall of the industry. I remember going to the movies for $5 and for another $3 bucks ya got a popcorn drink and icecream. Now ya need $40 bucks per person for the same thing. ITS TO BIG, THey will never stop it, they will make a big thing out of it but noone will look at the causes only the end result until something else comes along

635.7.2005 10:59

A little history is needed here........ During the advent of TV, the studios fought the idea of broadcasting moving pictures for free over the air. The movie studios felt that if this new medium was going to exist, they should be in control, after all, it is the movie studios that create the visual arts.. The studios lost that battle and three major independent broadcast networks emerged. The studios started to realize that their movies could make a lot of money being broadcast over and over and over using TV. They could even get involved in 'for TV only productions' and the dust settled down for a while... Then Sony, before they were involved in movie and TV production invented the BetaMax home TV recording system. The Beta TV recording system was already in existance but it was a larger, bulky unit that the TV studios used to record TV for later broadcast and to replace a crude archival system based on a kinoscope system. [You may have seen some examples of this when something like a Johny Carson or a Milton Berle or Red Skelton aniversery special would be aired. The kinoscopes were the ultra-low rez washed-out black and white barely viewable clips of very early shows...] Anyway, when the home use BetaMax was offered for sale, the studios went ballistic. They tried to block the sale of any of these home recording machines using much of the same arguments that they are using today. The studios kept blocking the sales of BetaMaxes all the way to the US Supreme Court. The court came down with what is now called the BetaMax decision...That being that it is perfectly legal to record anything from TV as long as it is for personal use only. The ruleing was based on the idea that while pirating off of TV was posible, the Video tape recorder has a multitude of other, legitiment uses, so, the court shot the studios down and allowed video tape recording. Recording from tape to tape is considered illegal. CDs and DVDs were not invented yet..... The video recorded on beta, and soon, vhs tape was of a comparetivly low quality when put up against commercially recorded video as evidenced by when a home recorded TV is broadcast over the air. [Such as Funniest Home Video or even survailence camera video shown during news broadcasts..] There was one type of video recorder that was successfully blocked from being marketed though. I saw one in operation around 1976, it was a tape machine based on the Beta format with one huge difference. Instead of recording in low rez analoge as conventional video recorders do, this one recorded in full, overscan digital TV.. Whatever TV the broadcast signal was carrying, this recorder would capture. Playback would give a high defination picture with the same quality that a standard TV siganal would give, plus, with the flip of a switch and connecting 4 leads to a true TV monitor, the first high-definition, home video system was within reach of any consumer...but it was squashed by the studios in fear that what is happening now concerning video piracy would have happened in the 80s. It took over twenty years for digital to finaly make it to the public. Even the new digital camcorders were nearly nailed down by the studios, but, luckily, they were shot down. You can thank the computer industry for freeing up digital because the MPAA and the RIAA was still trying to keep digital away from the common person. [Read near the end of this rant..] It is not just piracy that concerns the entertainment industry, it is control. Control is what the studios had from the late 30s on through the 70s. The studios controlled where, when, and how anything that they made was seen [or heard]. They had a monopoly, They either owned outright or had controlling interest in the distibution, and viewing systems that had anything to do with their product. The studios controlled the theatres. If a theatre wasn't under their direct control, the most that theatre could show was bad 'B' movies and if a non-studio theatre did make a deal with the studio to play a first run movie, the independant theatre owner would end up not only giving most of the tickets sales profit back to the studios, the studios would take a big chunk out of the concession sales also. It paid an independant theatre to become part of the studio monopoly or go broke. In truth, during the early days, the studios operated in many ways similar to the old Mafia. The Bell Telephone System was broken up into smaller chunks for the exact same thing that the studios were doing. The difference was having movie stars under contract. How does this differ you ask.... Politicians, even today, are as star struck as any teen age girl. [Sissie Spasec testifying before congress about farming in America ?? The closest she has been to a farm is on a movie set..] If you have a huge movie star under contract, you can have he/she lobby for the studios just by going to Washington and being themselves. If a movie star declined, they didn't work. If they kept on declining, they never worked again even after their contract was ended with a particular studio. The call would go out to blackball the actor. The hold outs never workrd again until the studio system was broke in the 60s.. This video pirate/file trading whine is more about power, control, and the possibility of adding more money to the studio's coffers than it is about the studios being wronged. Video piracy and file trading has been going on for years. I first got onto the internet in 1986 and there was movie files available then. Around 1992, it was about the same level that it is now. Why all the yelling by the studios at this late date ?? The answer is digital.. TV is going to go full digital soon. Theatres are showing digital movies now. The studios are laying ground work for the conversion from analogue to digital. If the studios didn't do a thing, the recording of digatal video [and music] would be as simple as hitting a record button and you would save full broadcast quality video/audio ready to be saved on a DVD disk, the conversion to DVD easily made by the digital recording device. The studios have planned with the help of the TV [and possibly the radio] broadcast networks of embedding code into the digital video in order to squelch copying or at the very least, preventing copying to a disk.. I worked with the studios for nearly twenty years, lived in Culver City, home of MGM, Desilu, nineteen blocks from 20th Century Fox, and various other small studios and support shops. I worked with the special effects people making props for the movies. The studios and many of the people that work there are the most un-ethical, hypocritical people that one is ever to meet. I have more respect for a sreet gang than many I have met in the movie industry. One knows what a street gang is about, one never knows with the hollywood crowd....

645.7.2005 11:24

wow that was an amazing history thank you for your time to share all that with us. The good news is that the digital broadcast flag you refer to has been struck down by the supreme court in its present form...so maybe that will never come to pass!

655.7.2005 17:58
Kmate
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Thankyou dufas that was well stated. It gave me an insight into the dubious nature of these studio/film executives characters and let people know that these people are all about control. Free the technology!

666.7.2005 5:55

Well I still have 2 ampeg beta machines and I dont like what I see happening with the ability to have copies of movies and cd's. What can we do to stop the studios from getting away with their control???

676.7.2005 7:53

The entertainment industry needs us more than we need them....

6812.7.2005 13:02

i agree with dufas .....the control is all they want and it isn't fair to people that spend the time and money for recording equipment.

6912.7.2005 16:29

Exactly. If they focused half as much on making good movies as they do on stopping piracy, they'd make way more money, simply because more people would go to a movie worth seeing - and all without lawsuits too!

7012.7.2005 18:40

I think that the movie industry is running out of either talented writers or ideas. Has anyone noticed that for the last couple of years, the majority of movies has been poor rehashes of older movies or they have based on old comic books. After seeing War of the Worlds 2005, my wife dug out an old VHS tape of War of the Worlds 1953. Other than the CGI special effects, the 1953 version was more enjoyable. The older version was made when movie makers had to work to make a special effect believable. In my estimation, the old timers succeeded with this one. I realize that this is subjective but the story line was more cohesive than the newer version in that it followed a logical progression. The 2005 movie had a few holes in the plot that the older version filled leaving no questions in the viewer's mind. Although the '53 movie was fluff by today's standard, it carried the author's message straight through to the end. There was no political correctness, just a striaght forward, simple story telling experiance. Many of the other re-makes that I have seen gave a similar experience. It seems that the studios are trying to make up with computer graphics for what is lacking in good, old time story telling. It used to be that for every ten movies made, they had one or two duds..I think that it is the other way around now. They will release ten or twelve movies and only have one or two that is worth viewing. It used to be that the "B" movies had this ratio of good to bad...Now, those old "B" movies look as good or better than today's major releases. To play the devil's advicate, I would be un-fair if I didn't include the drain that 350 plus TV channels have made on the Hollywood talent pool. Many good writers are now on contract, being well paid all year around by one TV channel or another instead of being paid for one or two jobs by the studios. Remember, one cannot trust the studios to pay residuals...creative book keeping works overtime...

7112.7.2005 22:56

It all goes back to greed. The instant the movie industry gave more attention to money than quality films is when this started. No matter what else they do, if they don't start focusing on quality again, they will lose - even if there's no piracy at all. People will eventually just lose interest. I used to love going to the movies. Now, I hardly ever see previews to anything that looks worth watching, let alone worth paying to go to a theater and see. You're definitely right about them milking the old ideas for all they're worth. I mean, just in the past few years - Spiderman, Daredevil, (wasn't Elektra an old comic too?), Fantastic 4, War of the Worlds, Hulk, X-Men, The Avengers, even more Batman, and I'm sure there's more that I can't remember right now. And they wonder why people aren't going to the movies as often? Because they've already seen them! Sure they get a visual makeover and some profanity tossed into the script - but there's nothing really new to be gained from watching them. I'm no writer, but IMO I could write a more original and entertaining script than almost every movie that's come out in the past three years (of course, there are a few exceptions ;)). They just keep cranking out crap and wondering why nobody wants to see it.

7213.7.2005 8:32

If they spent half as much time, effort and money on the quality of these films as they do on hyping them up to the skies, ...... These aren't "movies". This isn't "entertainment". This is "Product". These are commodities. They have all the excitement of a 100-pound bag of cement. Forget "intellectual property". This is programmed propaganda. Greed. That's what it's all about. Pure and simple. Unsatiable, unrepentant, bottomless greed. Holywood has taken the concept of HYPE to a whole new high. (Low?) Objective? To make as much money as humanly possible in the shortest possible time to make room for the next toilet-load of hype, coming to a video-store-near-you. Screw quality. It's a question of how well the hype can Push the Product. We're all lemmings; stooges; money-carrying drones slogging our way to the video stores like well-programned zombies..... Hollywood's mindset: "Joe public wouldn't know a quality film if it came up and bit them in the ass. They have to be told what it is they want to see." (I could go on......)

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7313.7.2005 11:27

I would like to add a note for those of you that are still avid movie goers and i should probably include those who were so in the past. This is what I call "intelligent Movie Viewing.." Lately, groups have called for the studios not to have actors smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco products unless it is absolutely neccesary to the movie's plot line. This is done to keep the subliminal message out of the movie that it is acceptable or cool or some other reason to smoke. This is just one example of what psychoiologists and sociiallogists deem as the power of the moving picture. Another would be that all the good guys drive Ford products and the bad guys drive foriegn cars subliminally sending the message that only American products are good, plus, Ford most likely paid and supplied the cars making the movie a two hour advertisement for Ford Corp. Many feel that this is a new phenomenon. Actually, this concept has been around for nearly as long as there has been movies. Many call it propaganda. The Germans were the first to use movies on a large scale to manipulate public opinion during the late 30s. Hitler used the movies during World War II to effectively rally the German people against whatever he wanted at the time. The US government did the same in order to unite the population during the same war. The above are just examples of the past use of movies to sway public opinion. The real insidious use started in the mid 1940s and has continued to today. While the public sits in a theatre or in front of their TV set to be entertained by some comedy or block buster drama, they are being subtly nudged towards the studio's and Hollywood's way of political thinking or some corporation is influencing your need for some product ... Susan Sarandon was once asked why she felt the need to become an actress. Her reply was "...to make society better.." In other words, she became an actress to mold people to her point of view and has excepted and changed many scripts that allows her to push her views. Martin Sheen has the same asperations and has voiced the same many times. Although, he has been very silent lately. His last tirade nearly cost him his TV show because the public's backlash against him and viewership dropped so low, show was almost cancelled. His comment on the situation was that he should have the right to voice his opinion with harming his carreer, which tells me that he should have the power to influence how your life is lived but no one should be able to touch his. In the early 50s, there was a movie called "The Wild Bunch"..It was about an outlaw motorcycle gang that took over and terrorized a small town. The actors in this movie raped, stole, murdered and ravished much of town. In the real world, there have been motorcycle clubs since the 30s. It wasn't until this movie that they were renamed gangs. It also wasn't until this movie that a small town [in Mexico] was really terrorized by a group of motorcyclists. In the 90s, a movie had a group of older teenagers daring each other to lay on the yellow center line of a busy highway. A short time after this movie played, several teens were killed, ran over by automobiles while trying to replicate this feat in real life. Another movie was called "Hot Rods From Hell". It portrayed modified automobile owners in much the same way as the Wild Bunch movie. The actors used their modified cars as weapons and generaly destroyed everything in sight. The movie caused a political uproar and eventually laws were passed against such cars until that today, it is against the law in most states to license a modified automobile for the road. What the movie didn't say and the politicians wouldn't listen to was that after spending huge amounts of money and hour after hour of back breaking work, very few modified car builders would drive their cars as depicted in the movie. That would be like constucting a custom built, one of a kind home and then throwing gasoline on it and striking a match to it...All of the people that I knew drove and took care of their automobile creations like they were precious jewels. Some wouldn't even allow shoes to be worn while riding in the vehicle.. I list these last three instances because the studios and actors will take credit when their art raises the concousness about some pet subject or effects the outcome of a political fight but will quickly deny any responsability if their mmovie's influence on a person results in a negative act. After all, it is just a movie, they will say......... The movies have a tremendous power to both entertain and educate. Just as with the entertainment function, one has to be aware of what education is being delivered. Just as the renaming of manhole covers to something like personal orifices is supposed to subtly enhance womens selve esteme, the movies descreetly deliver messages that one should be aware of. People should use their own powers of reasoning to come to a conclusion instead of being led around by the nose by people whose main reason for doing anything is for money and power. I do not care if you are a Democrat, Republican, or any one of the multitude of political entities that exsist today, the point that I would like to get across is that one should be able to come to their own conclusions about a particular subject. One should be able to base their position on what one thinks, not on what some group has subliminally planted in one's mind over and over and over.

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7614.7.2005 3:15

Good Heavens, dufas, you're scaring the s--t out of me!! (But I find it quite hard to argue with your words....) I fear everything you say is true.) You pose a great deal for me to think about. After reading more of your posts (above), I can see that you have had first-hand experience in this area, and I do respect your opinions. WheW! Rather than become paranoid, I simply suggest that folks use their own best judgement - common sense, if there is enough of it, may bail us out yet. In other words, if it looks like s--t, and smells like s--t, then yep, that's most likely _exactly_ what it is. Or even worse! In my own case - if I'm subjected to (bombarded with) enough corporate bullshit -- my survival instincts kick-in, and I begin to rebel. The hairs on the back of my neck start to bristle. I begin to question/evaluate/challenge *everything* until I know more. And I may strike back if I have to. Thank you for making me think! (I try not to think too much - it always gets me into trouble). :=)

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7714.7.2005 9:26

My postings was not meant to scare or produce paranoia in anyone. I'm just an old fart that is near his end time and saddened to witness the underhanded manipulations by the media, the studios, and the Hollywood types. I have watched people's freedom's slowly slip away and those who are losing those freedom's don't even realize that it is happening. Many of them have been, for lack of a better word, programmed, by the media over the years. Many times the loss is not felt because what is being lost is not an interest or included in the life style of a number of people. If a particular thing or action does not effect one personally, the odds are that person will have little interest in what happens. The other people that don't care are the elitists that feel they are above the fray, they are better than the common person. The Hollywood crowd and the mass media are the worst offenders. The saddness is that in reality, when anyone loses another freedom, we all lose. There are two types of freedoms battling for supremicy in today's world. As with all things, there are reasonable limits. One cannot condone murder, yet, a reasonable person would allow one to protect one's own life when threatened. Even this concept was abandoned for a while. People were imprisoned for protecting their own lives. The first freedom is the most difficult for many people, especially the Hollywood crowd. This is the "Freedom to........." This means that you are free to live your life as you see fit. You have the right to earn as much money as you and your skills are able. You have the freedom to seek your own happiness. A simple example might be, if you want to have a woodworking shop in your garage, you are free to do so. Now comes the difficult part....You have to take the responsibility not to overtly annoy your neighbors, not to create an eyesore, in general, compromise with those around you. I, as your neighbor, have a responsibility to allow you to live your life as you see fit. I accept that there will be noises and smells eminating from your garage at times and get on with my own life. I have to accept this responsibility because you have to do the same for me and my life... The other freedom is the "Freedom from......." This is the type of freedom that has gained a strong foothold as of late. This is the freedom that the Hollywood types continuously push. Using the above woodworking in your garage as an example, I, as your neighbor, want the "freedom from...." the noise coming from your garage, in fact, I want the "freedom from..." you even working in your garage at all. So, I'll push politicians, give the politicians money, advertise while making all sorts of 'logical' rationalizations about why my freedom is worth more than yours, if I am a media type, every story, every movie will carry a negative message about allowing people to work in their own garages until, finally, the general population has been conditioned to accept the 'fact' that it is in the name of freedom that no one should be allowed to work in their own garage. Only by now, it not only means a woodshop cannot be in a person's garage, it includes every thing. No one is to be allowed to work in their own garage on anything whatsoever.. The politicians take polls, the pre-conditioned public has answered in the poll against work spaces in people's private garages and laws are now being passed. No one is allowed to work in their garage under penalty of law. Every time a "Freedom from....." idea is launched, people on the other end lose another one of their freedoms...Soon, there is not going to be many freedoms left to lose... This has actually happened in some communities, but the point of this probably poor example is to more graphicly show how the media, the studios, the Hollywood types have maniputated people into another way of thinking. Through all of this procedure, the elitist's do not think that any of this should apply to them. One example could be Carl Reiner. He is against SUVs with a passion. He has stated that he beleives that SUVs should be confiscated from the general public. Yet, he owns a fleet of 24 large SUVs. He has stated publicly that his owning of SUVs is different from the general public own such a vehicle.. While this does not seem to concern the copying of movies or TV, I, during these rants, was trying to show how things are connected. how, many times, there is more than what meets the eye going on before you. Do not accept anything for it's face value. I am sure that you have met many people that say one thing, but mean another. This is the same thing only on a grander scale. Next time that you listen to a news broadcast, a song, watch a movie, pay attention to the way the words are linked together, how things were expressed. even the tone of voice has an effect. Was a person that is normally called by their title referred to as just MR or MRS, the subtle message is that this person should be ignored or not voted for or is guilty of something when they are not ?? Does an actor portraying a specific person or representing an idea placed in unflattering light or dressed subtly different, again, the object is to portray this person in a negative way even though the part the actor is playing is a positive one ?? Sometimes, the complete story line or report is saying one thing while portraying another. How many times have you gone to a movie and felt that the story told when applied against the images displayed was slightly confusing. For example, was the movie 'Saving Private Ryan' realy about the bravery of one group of soldiers, or was it a story about the stupidity of war, The Pentagon, the Government, or was it just another interesting tale to be told, or was it all of the above ? Sorry about another rant, but I have listened to producers, directors, and writers discuss how they are going to add the subtle nuaunces to get the end effect that they are looking for. I, myself, must plead guilty in sometimes aiding and abedding these people. I would build props that they would order that assisted in getting their propaganda across to an audience. At the time, I did not realize the full impact of what I was doing. I really thought it was all about the story. Eventually, I heard many of these people come right out and express privately what the desired result was to be. So, in a smaller way, I am just as guilty as the rest...........

7814.7.2005 9:47

Dufas, I loved your comments. Keep ranting as you say. You make some incredibly valuable points.

7914.7.2005 10:08

I am amazed that someone will actually listen to what an old fart has to say....Thank you.....

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Rant on dufas. Great stuff!

8114.7.2005 11:57

I don't know what more I can say and stay reasonably close to the Hollywood subject. I do know that most things are connected, many times in unsuspected ways. One can trace the media's infuence into the public's perseption of the Iraqi war, the food we eat, the vehicles we buy, the presidents that we elect... The media lied about the Vietnam war, covered up a multitude of sins by their favorite politicians, plus hundreds of other things that forms the present public concousness. An off-topic example would be.... Have you ever heard the news media or Hollywood media speak about one of their favorite politicians, Senator Byrd in a negative way ?? Yet, Senator Byrd is a card carrying member of the KLU KLUX KLAN. He is one of the Grand Dragons, heading his particular chapter of the Klan. He lobbyed in congress using the tactic known as the filibuster to block Black civil rights, integration, and the right for Blacks to vote. He belonged to a group of politicians known as the Dixiecrats was in favour of keeping the status quo as far as the old south was concerned. Hollywood says that they are for civil rights for everyone and loudly denounce anyone that stands in the way of said rights, but, the Hollywood elite and the media never mention Senator Byrd's affiliation to the clan and in fact, outright lied in saying it was the conservative politicians that were blocking civil rights. In fact, it was a Republican administration under Pres. Dwight Eisenhower that pushed through the civil rights legislation and the Dixiecrats, who ran the southern states at the time blocked institution of the civil rights laws. The opposite has been told so many times by the media that no one believes the truth anymore..It finaly fell to a Democrat, Pres. Lyndon Johnson to send the troops into the south and force the obeying of the law.... Another media stance is Hollywood's connection with politicians would effect copyrights and patents for new inventions which in turn would cause you, as a consumer, to be denied usefull and important new products and cause people not to pursue their inventions which in turn causes new technology and jobs not to be created. These media connection postings can cause messages being posted that although connected in many ways to the original theme of the media and control of piracy, the individual subject matter of these posts would seem way off topic to most people. These topics would challange many people's belief systems and flameing would become the norm in here. Truth, many times has a way of destroying people's comfort zone...

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8214.7.2005 14:40

I just remembered a media hoax that is non-political yet caused a lot of harm to many people. Around ten years ago, before the "Let's stamp out SUVs" movement, the news media and Hollywood's aim was to get rid of pickup trucks. The furver didn't reach as high as the anti-SUV roar did, but it was there... Out of the millions of pickups on the roads and hundreds of accidents that happen, there was 4 Chevy Silverados involved in collisions where the pickups were broad-sided and caught fire. It was determined that the gas tank split and ignited. NBC news ran a story about the trucks. It was not the usual 1 to 2 minute news blip that usually happens, but a full, in depth story complete with graphics, a Chevy truck exploding on screen, and followed by a searing opinion piece. This was repeated over and over at every news break for several days. Most people fell for the news story hook, line, and sinker. Chevy truck sales dropped. General Motors stock dropped. There was talk of closing several Chevy truck assembly plants. People may lose their jobs. Meanwhile, Chevy was crashing their trucks at a rapid pace trying to replicate what was shown on the NBC news broadcast. They couldn't get the trucks to catch fire. While this was going on, a government safety agency was doing the same thing, only the agency was determined to get the trucks off the streets. The agency couldn't get the trucks to ignite either. General Motors finally went to NBC and asked them to prove their claims. After some haggling and threats by General Motors to pull all the advertising from all NBC stations and affiliats, NBC came clean and admitted that they tried several times to get the trucks to catch fire but failed, so NBC put dynamite under the truck that was filmed and rigged it to explode when the other car broadside it... NBC only admitted what they did after General Motors threatened to pull millions of dollars from NBC. NBC never admitted to wrong doing, they explained that they did this for dramatic effect. It was still a lie. It was very, very far from ethical news reporting, in fact it was a staged editorial done to effect the slant that the media wanted the public to see. If they were going to tell the truth, NBC would have stated that they done experiments with truck crashes and determined that Chevy trucks were as safe in this regard as one could expect them to be... So, who is the bad guy here..NBC or General Motors ??? Real and honest news would allow you to decide. Slanted news directs you to the conclusion that the media wants you to have. It still is about power and control.....

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8315.7.2005 19:00

Well, I guess I went and stepped on everybody's comfort zone...

8415.7.2005 22:45

Good stuff dufas. Wasn't there a thing not too long ago, too, when the movie Babe came out, didn't pork sales go way down? What's even more disturbing than the media and movie industry's subtle manipulation of peoples' opinions is the fact that most people are completely ignorant of it. Kinda reminds me of the emperor on Star Wars slowly manipulating the senate into giving him complete control of the galaxy and they all believing it was the for the best "with thunderous applause". Oh crap - there goes a movie influencing my opinion! :D Honestly, though, IMO the two aren't all that dissimilar.

8516.7.2005 6:29

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No, no at all, dufas. I think it's just that we all know how corrupt big business is. How self-serving they are. Bold-faced lies mean nothing in the real-world when the payoff is unlimited money and power. You can be bought and sold. Hell, you are bought and sold. In our hearts, I think we all know this even if we don't consciously think about it every day. Life is too short. We have more immediate needs to attend to. (Like day-to-day survival - rent, food.....) When congress can be bought with Hollywood's spare change, what chance do you and I have? We have to move on. P.S. : Do you really think of yourself an "old fart" on his "way out the door" so-to-speak ??? Pish-Posh! Hell, I'm 52 and _still_ can drink most folks under he table! I think of you as a sweet 'ol Gandalf (Lord Of The Rings); a wizened old gentleman with more life experiences than most young whipper-snappers today can shake a stick at!!! :=) [This is a depiction of dufas.....(er).... Gandalf fending off the Evil Hollywood Monster]:

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P.S. : Do you really think of yourself an "old fart" on his "way out the door" so-to-speak ???
Off topic..... It's all a point of view and at risk of sounding like I am whining..... I am only 63, but after a motorcycle accident at around 110 MPH, another accident, industrial this time where a load of steel I-beams was hit by an overhead crane and I happened to be in the way, a stroke or something [ the doctors are still arguing ] where, for a short period of time, I couldn't walk, I had to crawl around the floor to get from place to place. I can walk now, but I look like a drunken sailer... My short term memory is shot and I am dizzy most of the time. To type out one of these messages takes around a half an hour because I have to figure out which letter to use on the keyboard which in turn, sometimes screws up my spelling...These are some of the dis-advantages.. The advantages are that instead of being so wrapped up in my own life, I have the luxury of setting back and seeing what is going on around me, I have the time to analyse what is really going on or what is said. Before, life was going by so fast that when I heard or saw something,and unleess it was blatently displayed right in front of me, I, like so many others, just accepted things at face value.. I am not feeling sorry for my self, I have seen many people who are in much worse shape than I, but, along those lines, I have also seen a lot of people who think they are in worse shape than anyone else when, in, reality, they have it made... Not long ago, it was announced that we must pour millions of dollars to help the homeless, This was a Martin Sheen project, and it is good to help others in need. Sheen and the group he is in bed with announced that 42 homeless people die every second and that this has been going on for years. I used to take a statment like that at it's face value and help out when I could. Now, with the time to stop and think, I realized that using the numbers that the Sheen group and the government used, every person in the America would be dead in 4.53 years using the population figures at the time of the group's announcement... Not one of the brain trusts that different government agencies or private corporations either picked up on this or questioned the stated figures..And what happened to the donated monies, there are still homeless on the streets...... Another quicky might be that swoopy new car that you can buy.. The dealer or the manufacturer will give you a $5,000 rebate if you rush out right now and buy their car. Unless you pay cold cash for that new set of wheels, that rebate is nothing more than a loan. They are selling you a $25,000 car. You sign a contract for $25,000 plus taxes and license fees. You will recieve a check for $5.000. You pay back $25,000 plus interest. It's a loan, not a rebate. The real screwing comes when the car dealer talks some 'dufas' [he he] into using the rebate for a downpayment. Now, the buyer has not only mistaken a loan for a rebate, but has turned around and gave the money back to the very people that scammed him in the first place. They loan someone $5,000 and then that someone hands the money back to the people that loaned him the money in the first place. The car dealer just made an extra $5,000 on the car deal. The buyer thinks that this cut the price of the car down to $20,000, but he signed a note to repay $25,000.. There are furniture, large appliance companies, plus many other businesses that do the same thing. An $800 refridgerator ends up costing around $1,000....A new living room suite costing $1,500 ends up going out the door for $2,000................ So, some times it is good to take the time to smell the roses..
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8716.7.2005 23:50

That's why we small joe schmoes must look out for each other. We try, at least in here, in regards to video issues, to help each other from being taken to the cleaners. Knowledge is power, and you can find a lot of knowledge in here if you're wise enough to heed it. (Being selective helps a bit too). We have a cross-section of ALL ages, backgrounds, philosphies, abilities, egos and hopes in these pages. Enjoy yourself, dufus. Type slowly, think lots, and if you can, don't let us get sucked into the clutches of those who would control us for personal gain. (Boys oh boys! That sure sounds like a lotta cornball hookey, don't it?) <But it's still true.....> :)

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RE: MAN_ pain page 2 DELTA-9 If you'll take your cranium out of your arse for two seconds I've got a message for you: KISS MY MOSTLY HAIRY WHITE BUTT!! By your post it's obvious you're a Brit. How sad. The only reason your little country isn't the smallest province in the Nazi empire, or singing the Soviet National Anthem everyday, is America's ability to crush and destroy BRITAIN's enemies. Not only that, we put our cities at risk nuclear annihilation to protect yours every day for FORTY years. You ungrateful little nimrod. It was the stupidity, inaction and cowardice of YOUR country's leaders (and France's) which allowed Hitler to nearly take over the world. And, just as in 1918, we had to pull your nuts out of the fire. More Americans were killed protecting England than English people were killed by Nazi bombs, rockets and cruise missiles. GET A CLUE YOU MORON! Try reading a history book. Sir John Keegan has authored many that will educate your illiterate ***. The ONLY reason you are a free man/wo--, excuse me-- boy/girl today is because Americans were willing to travel, in some cases 5000 and 6000 miles, to protect YOUR country. Your assinine comments spit on the grave of not only every American who died to save England, but upon their Royal Army comrades whom they have fought side by side in WWI, WWII, Korea, the Cold War and now against Islamofascism. Not to mention all the intelligence and satellite photos we gave you during the Falklands War! As for copyright insanity, it was BRITISH law that crushed DVD Decrypter, NOT American. See Parliament about that, bud. Give a knock on 10 Downing Street and see Mr. Blair. Why don't you take care of the problems in your homeland before vomiting your juvenile bilge on mine? Idiots like you almost make me ashamed that English blood flows in my veins. Clearly most of the best genetic material came across the Atlantic before 1776. What an ******* you are! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By your post it's obvious you're a Brit... well no i am not a brit i am australian funny you shoud mention NAZI's coz i am from solid german desent and proud of it i love my blue eyes pure aryan blood... and you focking americans can kiss my sour crout smelling ass. we shoud have won the war and ruled supreme where all files are for " the mother land" to be shared free for all. even bully americans, with there pay off you scratch my back ill scratch yours diplomacy, i spit in you face white trash traler park red necks.military wanna be's you ar not power full you cant even stop a few arabs , from turning you in to the biggest fools in history... wanna impress me with you great military power go find osama... you make me laugh i am glad my great grand father was a good shot. pitty he is not still around.

8917.7.2005 6:49

Another hate America chant. Ok...while granted I am an American and I did not vote for George Bush myself..lets just calm it down just a little. I am not going to go on a lets make fun of Great Britian chant. I am not going to start talking about how Scotland wants independence... how you are taxed to death... how you are as socialist as one could get... how we bailed you out in World War II and the Nazi flag would fly over London if it was not for America. Now this is not excuse for some of the nasty things America has done but... what I am saying is no one is perfect lol


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9017.7.2005 6:50

all i can say is this little tinpot island (UK) - while not one race as we are a hodge-podge of different races since Britain came to be, has resisted being brought down to the level of other countries thus far, ie the evil that goes on in other countries has only just come to our shores. It's certainly not down to any other countries that i am proud to be British even though i'm of mixed race myself, ie it is down to the British nation as a whole (not American or anyone else) that i am proud to live on a small island that survived various wars. My ancestors ie the Saxons or whoever the hell i am descendant from, were a damn sight less evil than societies we all live in today. As for the aryan comments, lets not go there. why the hell can't people live together instead of all the small minded bigotry that goes on




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9117.7.2005 12:40

If you people don't soon get your shit together and STOP with the hate posts, I will DEACTIVATE your membership. Take your rants and loathing SOMEWHERE ELSE! I will not tolerate it in here. The next person to slur another member-- I don't give a damn where you are from -- YOU WILL BE BANNED. You know who you are, and you have been duly warned. -- A_Klingon --

9218.7.2005 12:07

My wife reminded me.., [she's always reminding me of something or other], anyway, just after we moved out of the Hollwood area, far out of the area, I got a call to do some work for a studio. They stated that everyone else is busy and they were in the middle of a shoot and needed some items built fast. After telling me that a bonus will be paid..[I guess I could be bought...], I agreed to come back to Hollywood and stay for a short time until the project was finished. Instead of putting me up at a hotel/motel, they had made arrangements for me to stay at one of the studio's employee's home. This was one of the lessor important people that work for the studio.I was to sleep on a folding bed in the living room. I figured that the employee was getting a couple of bucks extra on the side for putting me up. The second night that I was there, the phone rang around 3 AM. Since the phone was in the living room, it woke me up right away. After 4 or 5 more rings, my host awoke and came out to answer it. I could not help but overhear my host's half of the converstion. He was saying things like "Now?,...Do I really have to?,.....Are you sure you don't have any?,.....Damn it, alright,..but it might take a while..." and he hung up and went back to his room. A few minutes later, he came out of his room. He was in an obvious hurry, his clothes was just thrown on, he looked over at me as he went to the front door, said it was an emergency and he was sorry about me being awakened and he left. He didn't come back till around sunrise. I was already up, dressed and getting ready to go to the studio's shop when he came in. I thought he had taken care of a real emergancy, but, after a few questions, I found out that some studio big wig called him out of bed just to get a pack of cigerettes. The reason that it took so long is that the big mucky-up only smokes some imported Italian brand and nothing else. So this hapless employee had to drive all over Hollwood and part of LA to find a store that was open early in the morning who carries that particular brand of smokes. This was when cigarettes cost around 50 cents a pack, the Italian cigs cost $3.50 a pack. I asked him if he got repaid for the cigarettes, I asked him if he got any money for gas, I asked him if he was handed any money for his time or in gratitude for getting the cigs. He answered nope to all questions. I asked him if the studio is paying him for letting me stay at his house. He said that he wasn't and further probing revealed that he was ordered to put me up. Since I was not under any contractual obligations to the studio, I called them up and told them that they can get someone else to do their work. When asked why, I told them that I decided that I do not care for their ethics and oppressive attitude. The voice on the phone said I would never work in Hollywood again, I agreed with him, hung up and left for home. Why relate this story. I think it shows the way the studios look down their noses at everyday people. They have no ethics at all. The only time they even think about 'all the people in the audience' is when they are trying to get you to buy tickets, other that that, you are in their way......

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9318.7.2005 17:57

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9418.7.2005 20:06

Pain_Man ; I know how easy it is to become infuriated by someone who blatantly defies everything you believe in, but I'm going to ask you (politely) to please not flame as you have done earlier. If you'll notice, Delta-9 is no longer a part of our little group, so there will be no further antagonism from his quarter, and you have made enough thoughtful insights in here that I would, frankly, like to see you around for awhile. (Thnx). -- Mike -- P.S.: I am a Canuk, and to tell you the truth, I am mightily fond of BOTH Brits _ & _ Yanks !

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9518.7.2005 20:19

dufas: It's funny you should mention James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' about 523 posts ago <gg>. Yeah, he got screwed royally by his network while creating one of the best prime-time shows ever for them, (talk about 'biting the hand that feeds you), but... I believe Mr. Garner got back at them. He sued their asses off and you know? He got an acceptable out-of-court settlement from them! Good for James! (There's not too many success stories in the entertainment biz). James has always been one of my all-time favourite actors. (What all of this has to do with "Raids in Internet Piracy Crackdowns" I have NO idea, but what-the-hell?) :-)

9618.7.2005 21:07

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(What all of this has to do with "Raids in Internet Piracy Crackdowns" I have NO idea, but what-the-hell?) :-)te]
It has to do with the hypocrisy, the lack of ethics that the studios, the media, the Hollywood types as it were. They have always felt that it is completely within their rights to steal, cheat, or otherwise screw anyone that they want to, but woe be it on anyone that may take advantage of them. It is now and always has been about power and control...by them over anyone they see fit....If the mrdia has their way, they would tell you which hand that you can use to wipe your ass and whether you can use paper or not and even when...... I have seen them up close and personal, and as I have stated previously, one can trust a sreet gang further than the Hollywood elite......

9719.7.2005 18:42

News item concerning Microsoft and Digital Media Rights and how the studios won't be pushed around....a little insight about the money... July 17, 2005 latimes.com : Business Microsoft Courts Hollywood Allies # Humbled by Apple's success in music, the tech giant mends fences with the film world as it tries to conquer the home entertainment market. By Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer REDMOND, Wash. When Apple Computer Inc. transformed the digital music scene in April 2003 by selling songs over the Internet, the richest man in the world was not amused. Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates had struggled for a decade to get his software into consumers' home entertainment systems. Now the digital media party was finally starting, and he wasn't invited. But the blow gave Gates new insight, motivation and some needed humility and it intensified work on what might prove the turning point in his quest to extend Microsoft's supremacy from the office into the living room. Just weeks after Apple's seismic announcement, Gates and new AOL Time Warner Inc. Chairman Richard Parsons settled America Online's claim that Microsoft had crushed its Netscape software subsidiary with illegal monopolistic behavior. More important, Gates and others said in recent interviews, the settlement led to a new relationship that has changed the course of Microsoft's fractious dealings with Hollywood. Since then, the Warner Bros. studio has guided its movie industry peers in quietly meeting Microsoft halfway on a range of contentious issues, setting the stage for the software giant to play gatekeeper for the home video business of the future. The alliance with what is now Time Warner Inc. "is quite an amazing thing, given that they had a lawsuit against us and we were really mostly in conflict," Gates said in a recent interview. "We have a great, ongoing dialogue with them, including them guiding us on the concerns of other content companies." Gates' battle to succeed in video where he failed in music is far from over. For one thing, the movie studios and television broadcasters are more prone to internal disagreement than were the record companies when Apple signed them up. That makes it trickier for Microsoft to forge content deals. What's more, movie producers are under less financial pressure to rush to a download world: Unlike music sales, which have been declining, DVD revenue is still growing, although more slowly than it once did. Even if they stick together, the content creators may stand pat, place their bets with multiple technology partners or choose someone other than Gates. In particular, few in Hollywood would be shocked to see Apple founder Steve Jobs pull another rabbit out of his hat, unveiling a perfectly thought-out system for moving paid video to computers and portable devices. Meanwhile, Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. already are getting users to contribute video to their sites for others to watch. And Time Warner's AOL is finally taking advantage of its parent's premium content, this month promising online video from Warner Bros., HBO and broadcast television. Yet after investing billions of dollars and working doggedly behind the scenes, Microsoft executives are predicting visible results within a year. "We'll see a broader range of movies available for both rental and ownership" via the Internet, Gates said from his corner office. And he said those movies would become available much sooner in their life cycle, "closer to the pay-per-view-type release date." The pact with Time Warner called for Microsoft to pay $750 million in compensation for its misdeeds and for the two companies until then mainly rivals in selling Internet access to collaborate on ways to keep video from being copied indiscriminately. Parsons later directed Time Warner to join with Microsoft in buying a combined majority stake in ContentGuard, which holds patents on anti-copying techniques. Walt Disney Co. was so concerned about missing out that it called Microsoft and asked for a similar alliance in writing, minus the cash. And the other studios are coming along, spurred by Gates' chats with News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and other industry captains, many of them at the annual media conference held by investment bank Allen & Co. Hollywood negotiators say the key has been Microsoft's realization that it can't dictate terms the way it has with computer makers. After it was left in the dust by Apple's iTunes, they say, Microsoft's arrogance evaporated. "They get it better than they used to," said one studio's new-media executive, who like others declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of negotiations. "They're trying to learn lessons from their failure on the music side, where Apple blew them out of the water." Perhaps the most significant fruit emerged a year ago with the formation of a group that is close to finishing a rights-management system for high-definition video. Backers of the Advanced Access Content System, known as AACS, include tech firms Microsoft, Intel Corp. and IBM Corp.; media companies Warner Bros. and Disney; and consumer electronics companies Panasonic, Toshiba and Sony, which also makes movies. Microsoft digital media chief Amir Majidimehr said AACS, which uses pieces of technology from Microsoft and other companies, would allow some content to be moved around within a home network, such as from a computer to a television. The system would also allow the AACS group to reach into the house and change software if the system got hacked to produce unauthorized copies. That's a level of control rarely seen before the latest video game consoles. But such control may alienate customers, analysts warn. Indeed, some consumer advocates complain that Microsoft is giving veto power over new technology to the risk-averse entertainment industry. Especially disturbing, they say, is the idea of buying a device that does something, only to have a piece of restricted content disable that feature later with a forced software "upgrade." "The warning I'd like to see is: 'Here are all the things that can be removed from this device if someone somewhere does something naughty, and the studios decide to punish the innocent,' " said Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Microsoft and other technology companies are saying that the person who makes the record should be able to design the record players, and we have never given that power to copyright holders." Gates said that such compromises were essential for drawing more content into the digital realm and that standard practices would emerge. "Can I use it, can I lend it to my friend, can I use it in my summer home, what can I do with it? That's got to be clear," he said. Controversy or no, AACS will be included in HD DVD, one of the two high-definition successor formats to DVDs. The competing format, Blu-ray, may follow suit. For the negotiations with Hollywood, Microsoft last summer hired Blair Westlake, a longtime home video and television executive at Universal. Westlake advocated for some of the studios' concerns within Microsoft, said Disney Executive Vice President Salil Mehta, which made the people in Redmond "more cooperative." Microsoft has even agreed to make architecture changes in its next-generation Windows operating system and is modifying its policy positions in Washington. Although the company previously opposed laws that would require anti-copying technology, for example, Westlake now says some might be appropriate. Microsoft has reason to play nice. Its future depends on developing new uses for computers. As more PC users see their current machines as good enough for everyday computing needs, they delay buying new ones, which depresses Microsoft's sales. But if PCs could become true family entertainment centers, that would kick-start sales. "It's important to us to get the content available," Gates said. Without the studios' work, "our platforms aren't very interesting." Taking studios' copyright concerns seriously by working on AACS was one step to reassure Hollywood skeptics. Another came after Microsoft developed a technique for compressing large video files for easy transmission. Facing suspicion that its VC-1 technology might give it too much control, Microsoft turned over the authority to license VC-1 to the same group that administers licenses for the industry-standard MPEG digital video format. That move won it enough backing from consumer electronics companies that makers of both HD DVD and Blu-ray players will support Microsoft's technology. Another sign that Microsoft is loosening its tight control over technology has been its willingness to negotiate where consumers can move their content within the home and even how they move it within their computers. Fashioned with considerable input from Hollywood, the forthcoming Longhorn version of Windows will allow rights-management tools made by Microsoft and others to keep video encrypted as it moves around inside the PC and stop it from leaving the home network. "They can feel a sense of ownership of how it got pulled together," Gates said of the studios and broadcasters. "When we say to them, 'Hey, please make more content available,' obviously we need to be able to listen to what their concerns are." Among the trickier remaining goals for Microsoft is making it easy for people to watch cable television on Media Center PCs, or computers based on a special edition of Windows that are designed to be used in living rooms as home entertainment centers. Some cable companies see Microsoft as an emerging competitor and aren't cooperating, instead offering their subscribers advanced recording functions in an effort to make cable-equipped TVs a more compelling choice than Media Center PCs. Gates' longer-term plan involves a technology known as IPTV, or Internet protocol television. With that, Microsoft can circumvent the cable firms and deal with their rivals, the phone companies. Some studios say they will be reluctant to give the phone companies much IPTV content if it will be locked into Microsoft's format and can't be transferred to devices relying on other protection schemes. "I don't want my customers to have to pick a technology before they can pick content," said Mitch Singer, a Sony Pictures executive vice president and key negotiator. Although Microsoft is seen as having a more complete technology for IPTV than rivals, the first large phone company trials of its system have been delayed because of quality issues. But the content owners are watching IPTV's progress closely, Gates said. "They'll often say to us, 'Well, how many households, and in what year?,' and at this point nobody knows the exact number. But over the next five years, it will be definitely many tens of millions." In the best case for Microsoft, Gates said, the phone companies will invest so much that the cable companies get nervous and invest in IPTV as well. Whichever way it shakes out, Gates vows not to play the victim in "Son of iPod." After learning a hard lesson in the digital music business, "we're really having to work more closely with partners in the hardware industry and content industry, to really think through the whole end-to-end experience and make it better," Gates said. "That's where we've done our mea culpa. We are fixing that."

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9819.7.2005 19:40

It's all so Orwell-ean in nature, isn't it? (I'm very proud of you for what you did whilst in the home of that fellow who was ordered to buy smokes for some dipshit executive. I hope he didn't get fired for hosting you, a "rabble-rouser".) :=) Very little I hear or read about today regarding Hollywood's rampant lack of ethics surprises me though. They're thoroughly corrupt, bogus, and full of more kinds of s--t than you can find in a barnyard. Sooner or later, dufas, someone is going to nail Micro$oft'$ b---s to the floor for doing this. If HD-DVD is going to contain these restrictions, you can bet your bottom Peso that the entire, world-wide network of hackers, reverse-engineering experts and others, are going to spend 24-hours a day in trying to defeat it. When released, I'm going to look very l-o-n-g and hard at these formats before I ever plunk a nickle down.

9919.7.2005 21:20

A_Klingon................... I never saw or heard from the studio little guy again. I have wondered if anything happened to him, but I thought it best not to contact anyone anymore. It all left a bad taste....

10020.7.2005 9:15

If anyone is interested in how the studios, both movie and music, screw the people that is supposed to get paid for their work or investments, I suggest that they go to http://www.hollywoodnetwork.com/Law/Hart/columns/ and read about the unorthodox accounting procedures that the studios use to figure net profits, which, by the way, usually end up being ZERO...... Remember..it's about power and money.............

10121.7.2005 18:19

Studios trying to market religion in order to make up for sagging audience............... snip--------------------------------------------------- Directors, studio executives and marketing experts have been seeking to entice an audience that made its power felt with "Passion," according to a report in the International Herald Tribune. "Mel Gibson did us a service," said Bob Waliszewski, a media specialist with Focus on the Family, an evangelical group. "The Hollywood elites' eyes widened big time. They said, 'I thought the church was dead. Is it possible that we don't know what's happening in state after state.' And the answer is a resounding yes." There are an estimated 30 million evangelical and fundamentalist Christians in the U.S., and Hollywood -- mired in a prolonged slump at the box office -- is making a concerted effort to mollify and attract that audience. Actor Peter Sarsgaard said that while shooting the Disney thriller "Flightplan," he was told to strike the word "Jesus" from his dialogue; the directors didn't want him to "take the Lord's name in vain." Focus on the Family was one of about 30 groups invited to see an early trailer of Disney's "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," based on C.S. Lewis' works, which Christian groups regard as an allegory of Christ's Resurrection. Jonathan Bock, who founded Grace Hill Media to specialize in Christian marketing, was hired to help promote "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Cinderella Man" and is advising Sony on "The Da Vinci Code," based on a novel that challenges basic Christian dogma. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie steal a neighbor's car in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a crucifix is seen hanging from the rear-view mirror. And in the next scene the two wear borrowed jackets that read "Jesus Rocks." "We decided to make the next-door neighbor, whose crucifix it is, be hip, young, cool Christians," the movie's director, Doug Liman, told the New York Times news service. "It's literally in there for no other reason than I thought: 'This is cool.'" Universal Studios screened the movie "Ray" for church groups as a way to build positive "buzz" for the film by word of mouth; the director had alread expurgated the script to mollify the film's backer, Philip Anschutz. Marc Shmuger, vice chairman of Universal Pictures, said the Christian audience is "a well-formed community, it's identifiable, it has very specific tastes and preferences and is therefore a group that can be located and directly marketed

10222.7.2005 4:49

And the industries wonders why people download 600.00 meg crappy avi's of movies that people use a camera to make pirated copies. I would not pay 50.00 for my family to go see such crap they put out.


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