Motion Picture Association Gets $23.8 Million Win Against Internet Movie Pirate

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As Aunty reported to you all earlier this month here, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is going on a lawsuit blitz, suing anyone they can get their hands on who has impermissibly downloaded even just one movie.

This week it appears that their wide-dragging net caught a big fish, as they were awarded 23.8 million dollars against the owner of Film88.com, Tan Soo Leong.

Leong, a Malaysian…cough..business man, also was behind MasterSurf, Inc., a company which organized computer servers overseas to avoid legal liability in the United States (apparently it didn’t work).

In addition to paying $23.8 million in damages, Leong was ordered to destroy all existing copies of the pirated movies, which likely won’t bother him as where he’s going he won’t have the necessary storage space and bandwidth to watch those movies anyways.

Said the judge “This case shows that some people will go to extravagant lengths to profiteer from pirating movies.”

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Which still doesn’t explain the MPA’s position of going after individuals who have downloaded one movie, once, ever.

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  1. I bought a movie on E-bay Disney’s Song of the South on DVD. It is a counterfiet movie. The person I bought it from sold about 20 of these. The prices ranged anywhere from 38.00 up to 81.00. I paid 65.00! They will give me a refund but they want me to send the movie back. I thought this was against the law. If I send it back I am sure they will sell it somewhere else. Where can I report this? Alice

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