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BUSINESS
April 20, 2005 | From Reuters
People who secretly videotape movies when they are shown in theaters could go to prison for up to three years under a bill that cleared Congress. The bill also toughens penalties for hackers and industry insiders who distribute music, movies or other copyrighted works before their release date. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously by voice vote. The bill has already passed the Senate, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1999
Components to build hundreds of illegal "black boxes"--descrambling devices that enable users to illegally access cable TV channels--were confiscated in raids Wednesday, authorities announced. The raids uncovered evidence of a national cable piracy operation that was conducted over the Internet, under the names Cable Converter Concepts and Hi-Tek Converter Cable, said Sgt. Perri Feinstein-Portales, spokeswoman for the Moreno Valley Police Department.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
Piracy of "screeners" issued during Hollywood's awards season has decreased, although 30% of the 2003 movie titles sent out were still illegally copied, according to figures presented at a meeting Monday of representatives of Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, guilds and various awards groups. The meeting was convened by Jack Valenti, president and chief executive of the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2004 | Robert W. Welkos
A Sherman Oaks man has pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated copies of the HBO series "Sex and the City" on the Internet. William Jefferson Philputt, 33, could face up to three years in prison when he is sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles on July 2, prosecutors said.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI, officials from China and the U.S. said Tuesday. The gangs pirated Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. software and sold it around the world, including in the U.S., said Gao Feng, an official with China's Ministry of Public Security.
BUSINESS
September 9, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
A California man was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for selling more than $5.4 million in illegal copies of software made by Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc. and other companies. Nathan Peterson, 27, of Antelope Acres also was ordered to pay restitution of $5.4 million and to forfeit homes, cars, a boat and other assets he bought with profit from a website through which he sold the pirated software.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2005 | Lorenza Munoz and Jon Healey, Times Staff Writers
One year after the Motion Picture Assn. of America began its highly publicized campaign against pre-Oscar piracy, the problem is even worse. There are significantly more Academy Award screeners of movies available on the Internet for downloading than there were last year, according to websites that track online piracy, including all five films nominated for best picture. And because the screeners are DVDs -- not VHS videos, as they were last season -- the quality of the copies is much better.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1999 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Seagram's Universal Music Group has signed an agreement with Sunnyvale, Calif.-based InterTrust Technologies to begin testing a piracy-fighting digital distribution security system, sources said. InterTrust's DigiBox software acts like a "virtual" envelope that can wrap around any digital content (from compact discs to MP3 files) and deliver it securely via the Internet or through other methods, including retail store kiosks or cable set-top boxes, sources said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2007 | John Horn
China, a movie market of exceptional potential, is also a haven for film piracy, the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America testified Thursday. Speaking before the House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on trade with China, Dan Glickman said that country "is the most difficult market in the world for the U.S. motion picture industry." The country of 1.
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