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November 6, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
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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.
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
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.
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
June 23, 2010 | By Jennifer Martinez, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration unveiled a government-wide strategy Tuesday to crack down on piracy and counterfeit goods, adding more than 50 FBI agents this year to tackle intellectual property abuses. With the ubiquity of the Internet, online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods on the Web are growing rapidly across a range of industries, including entertainment, software and pharmaceutical markets. Vice President Joe Biden, who announced the new program, said that the problem costs Americans jobs and that counterfeit goods threaten lives.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Most people probably haven't paid much attention to the huge corporations waging war in Washington over legislation designed to crack down on online theft of movies, music and other content. But the conflict will hit consumers in the face Wednesday, when Wikipedia and a number of other websites intend to go dark to protest the proposed changes. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced Monday that the hugely popular online encyclopedia would be unavailable for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and related legislation, which opponents say could lead to censorship or the complete shutdown of some websites.
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.
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