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Cinema Pirates Be Damned! New Anti-Downloading Measures To Take Effect


After the recent leak of the work-print for the film Wolverine, the major studios are starting to address the problem of piracy with renewed gusto. Most Hollywood producers have been complaining for a long time that file sharing is costing the industry millions of dollars in revenue every year. In April, bosses at Fox News Entertainment were pressured into firing film critic Roger Friedman after he not only watched the leaked version of Wolverine, but reviewed it, too.

Studios would love to punish all the guilty pirates, but it’s proven to be extremely difficult to locate every stinkin’ kid who participates in the taboo practice of illegal downloading. God knows they’ve tried. Now executives from NBC Universal and Warner Bros. are going as far as to take their case overseas, urging the UK government to take action over Internet piracy, calling for “speed bumps” to curb the illegal downloading of films.

The proposed system would require that Internet service providers (ISPs) to put technical measures in place to reduce broadband speeds and flood websites with “pop-ups” to deter users from downloading any pirated films.

Lavinia Carey, chair of the lobbying group Respect For Film, says:

Making life difficult for people who persist in accessing and copying protected material, while not preventing them using the internet for legitimate purposes, is surely preferable to court actions except in the most flagrant cases of abuse. We see the technological measures as similar to creating road humps — they will make potential copyright infringes pause and think twice.

So basically the movie studios want to be Big Brother! To say that they are over-reacting is to put it mildly. These proposals simply serve to illustrate their astounding lack of creativity in dealing with the piracy issue. I thought that all these Hollywood producers would have learned a few things from the music industry’s reaction to the same issue, but it looks like they haven’t.

I wish that people on either side of the issue could meet somewhere in the middle. While I understand that it’s not fair for “creative artists” (a.k.a. rich studio heads) to lose any hard earned money, I hardly believe that viewing a crappy camcorded copy of Paul Blart: Mall Cop is the same as stealing a car (see PSA propaganda posted below).

And check out this “classic” PSA from 1992.  It teaches a sobering lesson: don’t copy that floppy!

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