January 25, 2006 |
IS the leader in the global fight against movie piracy a pirate too? That's exactly what director Kirby Dick is charging. He says the Motion Picture Assn. of America made a bootleg copy of "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," his angry broadside against the organization's film rating system. The MPAA has admitted that it duplicated the documentary without the filmmaker's permission -- Dick had submitted his movie to its rating board in November.
October 22, 2005 |
For Hollywood, the decision this week by delegates to a key United Nations agency to back a treaty to promote cultural diversity is reading like the script to a bad sequel. On Friday, the Motion Picture Assn. of America trade group warned in a statement that the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization accord was protectionism in disguise, the latest attempt by some countries to enact barriers that could allow them to restrict the importing of American movies and music.
September 23, 2005 |
The Motion Picture Assn. of America on Thursday tapped veteran studio executive and former Screen Actors Guild Chief Executive A. Robert Pisano to be second in command. As the MPAA's president and chief operating officer, Pisano will run day-to-day operations for the trade group representing Hollywood studios, reporting to Chairman Dan Glickman. Pisano will be based in the MPAA's Encino office, becoming the group's top point person in Los Angeles. "This is a big operation," Glickman said.
June 23, 2005 |
At age 83, Jack Valenti finally got top billing. The Motion Picture Assn. of America on Wednesday named its eight-story downtown headquarters after the man who served as Hollywood's top lobbyist for 38 years. A ceremony was held at a breakfast packed with the studio chiefs he used to answer to and the legislators whose arms the genteel Texan deftly twisted until he retired last year. Valenti told the audience that he appreciated the organization "doing this while I'm still alive."
June 22, 2005 |
A City of Industry company Tuesday said the Motion Picture Assn. of America damaged its reputation when it announced this week that the company had been shut down after authorities uncovered pirated DVDs and equipment valued at $30 million. In a statement, New Century Media denied that it was involved in illegal activity and said it ran a legitimate 16-year-old operation that made DVDs for such established firms as Genius Products Inc.
May 13, 2005 |
The Motion Picture Assn. of America escalated its battle against online piracy, filing lawsuits against six websites that allegedly helped people download bootlegged TV shows. The studios' trade group claimed that the sites enabled users of BitTorrent software, a popular file-sharing program, to find and copy TV shows and other copyrighted works. Five of the sites were registered in the United States and the sixth, which specialized in Spanish-language programming, was registered in Spain.
May 3, 2005 |
Camping, lifesaving, navigating and ... protecting copyrights? The Motion Picture Assn. announced Monday that the Scout Assn. of Hong Kong -- the former British colony's coeducational version of the Boy Scouts -- has launched the world's first merit badge program "focused on respect for and protection of intellectual property."
April 29, 2005 |
In his first trip to California as the nation's attorney general, Alberto R. Gonzales told a group of high school students to just say no to online piracy. But, for many of the students, the response was to just say "why not?" During a daylong UCLA seminar featuring Gonzales, students peppered speakers with tough questions about the real effect of piracy.
April 15, 2005 |
Representatives of Hollywood's major movie studios Thursday settled a lawsuit with a microchip company they accused of selling chips to makers of equipment that could be used to illegally copy DVDs. The Motion Picture Assn. of America settled the suit with ESS Technology Inc., ESS said in a statement. The company makes chips that decode the content scramble system, or CSS, which is the copy-protection system used for DVDs. ESS Technology, based in Fremont, Calif.
April 13, 2005 |
The major Hollywood studios and record companies have a new lesson for college students: The faster you download movies and music, the sooner you may end up in a courtroom. Leaders of the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the Motion Picture Assn. of America said Tuesday that they expected to file hundreds of lawsuits today against students across the country who use a super-fast version of the Internet that connects more than 300 universities and other institutions.