Download a Movie, Go to Jail – Motion Picture Association Gets Tough on Piracy
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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true, then the Recording Industry Association of America should be very flattered, as the Motion Picture Assocation is following suit (pun intended).

And certainly this will make a criminal lawyer or two happy.


Undaunted by a recent Federal appeals court ruling saying that peer-to-peer networks, such as Grokster and Napster, could not be held responsible for the misdeeds of their users, the Motion Picture Assocation this week announced that it would be filing an unspecified, but presumably large, number of lawsuits at both those who make pirated movies available for downolad, and those who download them.

“Illegal movie trafficking represents the greatest threat to the economic basis of moviemaking in its 110-year history,” said Dan Glickman, president of the Motion Picture Association.

Sources say that for just one movie alone, “The Terminal”, there were 40,000 pirated copies strewn across the net. Even at one pair of eyeballs a piece, that translates to a lot of lost revenue, although perhaps not as much as it wll cost to bring the lawsuit. Or to pay for a good defense lawyer.

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On the other hand, we’re thinking that for some movies it may be the only way that they will get a wide distribution.

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3 thoughts on “Download a Movie, Go to Jail – Motion Picture Association Gets Tough on Piracy
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  1. 1st off, they over value what their movies are actually worth. I got my copy of terminator for $2.99.
    An object is not always worth what the owner thinks it is, its only worth what some one is willing to pay for it. Rarely have I ever viewed a movie that I would consider to be worth more than ONE DOLLAR, regardless as to whether or not a movie studio foolishly dumped $300 million into making it.
    Star Wars was worth more when it came out, but now,3o+ years down the road I wouldn’t give 50 cents for it, let alone waste time downloading it from the internet.

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