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BUSINESS
July 1, 2010 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2" within hours of their release in theaters. Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." The websites include TVShack.net, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org and Ninjavideo.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The major Hollywood studios and record companies are drawing up a new lesson plan in their efforts to discourage students from violating copyright laws. Industry groups, which several years ago sued college students for downloading illegal copies of movies and music, are taking a gentler approach to fighting piracy by urging Los Angeles schools to steer students to legitimate websites. In a letter sent Monday to Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy, the Motion Picture Assn.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Mexican business leaders angry at competition from stolen, counterfeit and smuggled goods launched a campaign to stamp out the vast informal economy. Heads of several major business chambers joined politicians and anti-piracy activists in announcing an Alliance for a Legal Mexico, calling for the government to push millions of Mexicans into the legal, taxpaying sector.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2011 | By Richard Verrier and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Film director Penelope Spheeris' new comedy, "Balls to the Wall," had barely premiered in Europe when bootleg copies started popping up on the Internet, throwing its U.S. release into jeopardy. A Spheeris assistant sent out as many as 30 cease-and-desist notices a day in a desperate, but failed, attempt to halt the piracy. "It's like putting out a forest fire with your bare feet," she said. That helps explain why Spheeris and other filmmakers are backing tough new legislation making its way through Congress that would give the Justice Department broad powers to shut down websites that host pirated material and would open the door for movie studios, music companies and other copyright holders to seek court injunctions against Internet companies they believe are aiding in copyright theft, which amounts to $58 billion a year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
While the tech-savvy residents of the Bay Area have brought us innovations in search, social media and ecommerce, they are also adept at something less savory: Internet piracy. That's especially true among cord-cutters and cord-nevers , or people who have decided to forgo paying for traditional TV packages in favor of online content, acquired legally or otherwise. Unfortunately for the industry, San Francisco cord-cutters seem more inclined to steal their entertainment, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger, who hosted a focus group of cord-cutters in San Francisco last month.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration signaled Saturday it does not support aspects of pending anti-piracy legislation, a setback for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying arm. The measures - which have deeply divided the entertainment and technology industries - would give the Justice Department more tools to shut down foreign websites involved in theft of movies and TV shows. Major Hollywood studios and unions have been mounting a campaign in support of the bills to combat online piracy, which costs the industry billions annually.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2004 | Jon Healey
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered Malaysian businessman Tan Soo Leong and his California-based company, MasterSurf Inc., to pay $23.8 million to the major Hollywood studios for online piracy. Without the studios' permission, Leong operated a website, Film88.com, that let users watch hundreds of hit movies and classic television programs online for $1 per viewing.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
An international effort to dismantle major Internet piracy groups has identified more than 100 people in the United States and abroad who were potentially involved in the theft of more than $50 million in music, movies, games and computer software, U.S. authorities said Thursday.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2000
I downloaded DeCSS and read the directions ["Another Blow Against Internet DVD Piracy," Jan. 21]. Do you know what they told me? They told me how to play a DVD movie. They did not tell me how to distribute copies of a movie over the Internet, nor did they tell me how to copy the DVD directly if I had a DVD-R drive. Granted, someone skilled in computers could figure these things out and use DeCSS to aid him/her in these endeavors, but just the fact that the instructions included with the software explained how to play and not how to pirate movies should cast some doubt on the assertion that these cases are about piracy, and get the programmer's claim couched in something a little stronger than "purportedly."
BUSINESS
October 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Vista will take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the usefulness of computers found to be running unlicensed copies of the new software. The software maker said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it believed was pirated would initially be denied access to some of the most anticipated Vista features, including Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology.
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