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November 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
First there was the Boy Scouts' "Respect Copyrights" activity patch, backed by the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Then there was "Crime-Fighting Canines," a weekly anti-piracy comic strip series for children in which two black Labrador retrievers named Lucky and Flo sniffed out bootleg DVDs. The series was part of a school education campaign led by the MPAA. Now that group, along with the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the nation's main Internet service providers, is quietly backing another controversial push to educate schoolchildren about the evils of piracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,, that let users watch hundreds of hit movies and classic television programs online for $1 per viewing.
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.
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.
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."
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