April 24, 1985 |
"The Cotton Club," which hits the video stores today, will be the first videocassette to carry a new anti-piracy process that its developers say should eliminate casual, illegal duplicating by consumers. The process, created by Macrovision, will produce home-copied cassettes that are "perfectly unwatchable," an official says. The process, announced at a Tuesday press conference by Embassy Home Entertainment, which is distributing "The Cotton Club" videocassette, is the invention of John Ryan.
December 12, 2002 |
The recording industry is stepping up its anti-piracy efforts during the holiday season, trying to clamp down on flea markets in Los Angeles and New York as well as bootleggers at colleges and on the Internet. Meanwhile, representatives from six higher-education trade associations have agreed to form task forces to study anti-piracy policies and technologies. The groups will be advised by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, the Motion Picture Assn.
October 2, 2012 |
Chris Dodd, Hollywood's chief lobbyist, extended an olive branch to Silicon Valley. Eager to put to rest a bruising battle with Google and other tech companies over ill-fated anti-piracy bills this year, Dodd stressed common ground between California's two signature industries in a speech Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. "What I don't want to do is relive the SOPA debate -- and I hope you don't either," Dodd said, alluding to the Stop Online Piracy Act that sparked an unprecedented online protest led by Google, Wikipedia and other tech giants.
June 17, 2011 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee has signed off on a bill that would criminalize websites that profit by streaming bootleg movies to consumers. The committee approved legislation that would make it a felony for operators of websites to make money from delivering pirated movies to consumers via online streaming. It's expected to be taken up by the full Senate later this year. Current anti-piracy laws, which were enacted in the 1990s, target the downloading of movies from so-called peer-to-peer websites but do not address the growing problem of online streaming of pirated content.
December 6, 2006 |
Two cousins from Los Angeles have been arrested on allegations that they stole and made bootleg copies of Oscar "screeners" including "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Superman Returns" and "The Queen." John Acas, 22, was arrested in his home Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after uploading copies to the Internet and attempting to sell the movies to an informant, authorities said. Sheryl Demesa, Acas' 22-year-old cousin, was arrested the same day at an L.A.
June 7, 2002 |
Dutch authorities Thursday took down Film88.com, a renegade online movie site, by persuading an Internet provider in Holland to pull the plug on the company's digital film library. Film88.com offered viewers an online movie theater showing hit films on demand for $1, but it did so without paying or obtaining permission from the studios.
October 24, 2004
I read with interest your article heralding the new report of the Justice Department's Task Force on Intellectual Property, which apparently concludes that the magnitude and harm of intellectual property crimes requires a vast expansion of federal investigative and prosecutorial attention ("Expanded Piracy Fight Is Urged," Oct. 12). Many of us in Congress have been working for some time now to address piracy's harm to our economy and creative community. But this task force ignored those efforts, never consulting with many of us who have been working hardest on this problem.
February 25, 2013 |
This week the entertainment industry finally is getting a version of something it has been craving since the original Napster transformed online piracy into a mass-market phenomenon: a new Copyright Alert System that turns Internet service providers into anti-piracy enforcers. It's not as powerful as the major record companies and Hollywood studios have proposed, and it ignores many sources of bootlegged music and movie files online. But it's a start. And if the industry's assumptions are correct, it could make a dent in the problem.
January 19, 2012 |
Watching from China, where web censorship is practically a national hallmark, some can't help but smirk and crack jokes about the controversy raging over Internet freedom in the U.S. “Now the U.S. government is copying us and starting to build their own firewall,” wrote one micro-blogger, relating China's chief censorship tool to the U.S. plan to block sites that trade in pirated material. The Relevant Organs , an anonymous Twitter account (presumably) pretending to be the voice of the Chinese communist leadership, quipped: “Don't understand the hoopla over Wikipedia blackout in the U.S. today.
February 25, 2012 |
Hollywood loves comeback stories. Will SOPA/PIPA be one of them? The anti-piracy bills that were working their way through Congress with Hollywood's blessing got tanked by a massive online campaign - petitions, website blackouts, even T-shirts. From 1981 until 2010, Christopher J. Dodd was a Democratic senator from Connecticut. A year later, as head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, he was dealing with SOPA/PIPA fallout. Showing up at the Oscars - which he will do - is just the tip of the MPAA job. Dodd has arranged matinees for veterans at MPAA's theater in D.C., worked on film trade matters, and postelection, he'll try out an anti-piracy law sequel.