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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
China has arrested some 2,600 people in an 8-month-old crackdown on product piracy, the government said Tuesday, criticizing U.S. complaints that it was failing to stop rampant copying of foreign movies, music and other goods. Authorities have destroyed 63 million compact discs and other counterfeit goods estimated to be worth 860 million yuan ($105 million), said Vice Minister of Commerce Zhang Zhigang, speaking at a nationally televised news conference.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz
Russell William Sprague, the Illinois man accused of illegally copying scores of awards-consideration movie screening tapes, is set to be indicted and arraigned Feb. 17 in federal court in Los Angeles. Sprague, who put up his house in Homewood, Ill., as collateral to meet the $25,000 bond for his release, is charged with copyright infringement and illegal interception of a satellite signal. According to a complaint filed Jan.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Movie studios are taking their battle against piracy to state capitals across the country, urging local lawmakers to give Hollywood yet another weapon against those who pick the electronic locks on digital programs. The studios' goal is to expand state laws against the theft of cable and phone services to cover a new generation of digital devices and Internet-based offerings, said Vans Stevenson, senior vice president of state legislative affairs for the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The major Hollywood studios have drawn their first blood in court against a popular new type of online piracy, obtaining a $1-million judgment against a website that steered people to downloadable copies of bootlegged movies. Edward Webber, operator of LokiTorrent.com, agreed not only to pay the damages to studios and shut down his site, but also to give the Motion Picture Assn. of America voluminous records his site has collected over the last two years.
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