June 17, 2011 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee has signed off on a bill that would criminalize websites that profit by streaming bootleg movies to consumers. The committee approved legislation that would make it a felony for operators of websites to make money from delivering pirated movies to consumers via online streaming. It's expected to be taken up by the full Senate later this year. Current anti-piracy laws, which were enacted in the 1990s, target the downloading of movies from so-called peer-to-peer websites but do not address the growing problem of online streaming of pirated content.
May 27, 2011 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that seeks to rein in foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies and TV shows, a move that drew widespread support from a broad coalition of entertainment industry groups. Called the Protect IP Act, the proposed law is strongly backed by Hollywood's chief lobbying group, the Motion Picture Assn. of America, as well as the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the National Assn. of Theatre Owners and other industry and labor organizations.
May 3, 2010 |
Like the subtitle of his next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has found himself "on stranger tides" at Disney. Under new studio Chairman Rich Ross, Disney is tacking in a new direction, bringing more fiscal restraint to its movies — especially the costly spectacles that are Bruckheimer's stock in trade. His lavish, action-packed productions, from "Armageddon" to the multibillion-dollar franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," have drawn crowds and contributed generously to Disney's bottom line.
June 22, 2005 |
Johnny Ray Gasca, a Los Angeles resident whom the FBI has called the poster boy of movie piracy, said taping movies in theaters wasn't illegal at the time he was arrested. Gasca, 35, is accused of taping movies, including Sony Pictures' "Anger Management," at screenings before they were released and selling copies he made over the Internet. Piracy costs the movie industry about $3.5 billion a year in lost business, according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
December 4, 2003 |
Hollywood's all-out war against movie piracy is turning into a big-budget bomb, with illegal copies of virtually every new release -- and even some films that have yet to debut in theaters -- turning up on the Internet. Sophisticated computer users currently can download pirated versions of titles ranging from "Bad Santa" to "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
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February 28, 1998 |
After a nearly monthlong investigation of a video store rumored to be selling cigarettes to minors, police said Friday that they had uncovered more than a tobacco-vending violation. "We found more than 500 pirated videotapes the store was selling," said Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young. "And the surprising thing about them is that the tapes were of movies that were just released and aren't on videotape yet."