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DODD REPORTEDLY SET TO HEAD MPAA

February 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the political website Politico.com taking the lead, several newspapers reported today that former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd is likely to accept the chairmanship of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a job that has been open for a year, following the resignation of Dan Glickman. It pays roughly $1.25 million a year. A […]

LAPD LAUNCHES PIRATE STING

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what officials boasted were the largest raids on counterfeit distributors in Los Angeles history, L.A. police, working with the city’s antipiracy task force, have arrested ten men and seized some $4.06 million worth of counterfeit DVDs, CDs, and apparel, city controller Wendy Greuel said. She did not break down the number of items seized […]

REPORT: TAX INCENTIVES TO STUDIOS HURT TAXPAYERS

November 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Big tax incentives being offered by states to Hollywood studios may look good to the producers, but to the states themselves? Not so much. LABizObserved.com cites a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that concludes that the revenue generated by movie productions shot in states offering subsidies falls short of the subsidies’ […]

HOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD COME TOGETHER

November 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a pact aimed at strengthening the ties between Hollywood and Bollywood, the world’s two leading motion picture production centers, the Motion Picture Association of America and representatives of the Indian film industry have agreed to work together to develop co-productions and battle piracy. At a ceremony at Paramount studios on Wednesday local officials and […]

PIRATES COUNTER-ATTACK, BRING DOWN MPAA, RIAA SITES

September 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An apparently coordinated attack by users of BitTorrent sites, led by 4chan.com, brought down the Motion Picture Association of America’s website on Friday and Saturday in what the cyber protesters called “Operation Payback.” The website TorrentFreak reported that the protesters moved on to the website of the Recording Industry Association of America on Sunday and […]

MPAA SCORES DECISION BY LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has condemned a decision by the Librarian of Congress that exempts documentary film makers and educators from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), allowing them to incorporate “short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment.” In a statement, MPAA spokeswoman Elizabeth […]

NEW STUDY ON INTERNET PIRACY BRANDED “BOGUS”

July 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A new study by the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory claiming that virtually all (99.7 percent) files available via BitTorrent websites are pirated has been vigorously disputed by TorrentFreak.com, which tracks online usage of peer-to-peer technology and reports on developments in the BitTorrent world. Calling the conclusions of the study “bogus,” TorrentFreak claimed on Saturday that […]

PIRATE BAY SINKS, RESCUE ON ITS WAY

May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The BitTorrent network The Pirate Bay was offline today (Monday) after the Motion Picture Association of America obtained an injunction from a German court forcing CB3ROB, its broadband provider, to stop providing access to the site. Although CB3ROB claims it operates within an “independent kingdom” with its own laws, it apparently was unwilling to challenge […]

FCC OKAYS PLAN TO BRING FIRST-RUN MOVIES TO HOMES

May 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The FCC on Friday approved an application from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) that would allow movies to be sent by cable and satellite to homes while they are still playing in theaters. The hitch: to prevent piracy, the industry would be permitted to use a system to disable any recording device while […]

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