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Movie Still from IP Man 2
Illegal copyright violations plague the RIAA and MPAA, but issues remain

More than 200,000 accused BitTorrent file sharers have been targeted in the United States for sharing copyrighted material since 2010, though the cases remain rather sketchy while the legal courts get things sorted out.

In the most recent round of lawsuits, porn companies went after unsuspecting pirates of their copyrighted material.  Similar to other reported cases, some were unjustly accused of downloading files they've never heard of, while others simply tried to settle out of court and make things go away.  

However, lawyer Evan Stone has sued an unknown number of John Doe defendants for downloading "IP Man 2," a martial arts movie dubbed in English.  Ironically, the lesser-downloaded version of the popular martial arts movie was downloaded and drew the attention of lawyers.  

The "Ip.Man.2.2010.DVDRip.XviD.AC3-ViSiON" of the film still remains extremely popular among BitTorrent file sharers.

The copyright groups blame billions of dollars of lost revenue on online piracy that seems to only grow more popular among Internet users.  The U.S. court system has been oversaturated with lawsuits from copyright holders and lawyers looking to punish accused file sharers.  

The majority of those receiving settlement letters can arrange to settle for as low as $2,500, or face harsher monetary penalties if they decide to go to trial. 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) believes its film industry loses more than $6 billion every year because of piracy from unauthorized transfers.  

Independent filmmakers also are relatively unhappy with online piracy, though have had a more difficult time trying to crack down on piracy.  Without the help of the RIAA's organized infrastructure, they've had to fend for themselves.

Similar to cases against accused peer-to-peer file sharing users, BitTorrent users have become easy targets for copyright groups to target.  Most users simply download and share content without attempting to conceal their IP address -- making it even easier to target said pirates.

For people still willing to share files via BitTorrent, experienced users warn to use proxies and other alternative means to conceal your identity.  However, it has still proven difficult to hide from authorities that are better increasing their tracking ability of pirates.

From copyrighted music discographies to movies and pornographic material, there is still a large amount of copyrighted material up for grabs by Internet users.  Regardless of what copyright groups and governments attempt to do, Internet piracy is going to be a problem that rages on beyond 2011.

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RE: Wrong arguement
By 4745454b on 8/12/2011 11:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
I can go to my local library and "rent" (for no money at all mind you) many movies. I know I can get the original "Italian Job" there. How come the MPAA doesn't go after libraries?

It was also fine years ago to tape things off the air, either radio or TV. My dad has old recording or Dr. Demento, and I have an uncle with a complete copy of ST:TNG on VHS. So that's ok but if I download a torrent of ST:TNG I'm a law breaker?

I understand that downloading Captain America right now would be wrong. If I want to see it I should go see it. If I want to see IP man, go stream it off of Netflix. But how is downloading a copy of X song off of Limewire any more wrong then recording it off of the radio, or using one of those programs to rip it off Youtube?

I also totally agree. Just because 1million people downloaded something instead of seeing it in theater doesn't mean you have lost revenue of $7mil. Many times people grab stuff just to see it, and they never would have done so if it wasn't available.

RE: Wrong arguement
By Solandri on 8/12/2011 3:09:30 PM , Rating: 2
The copies of movies sold to libraries and rental firms like Netflix and (RIP) Blockbuster cost considerably more than the retain copies you and I buy. That's how the MPAA makes money off of rentals.

Incidentally, IP Man 2's gross international revenue was US$15 million. At $2500 per settlement, they need to get settlements from only 6000 people to exceed that. When you can make more money suing over a product than you can selling it, that should tell you there's something seriously screwed up with the law allowing you to sue.

RE: Wrong arguement
By 4745454b on 8/13/2011 6:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
I understand that's how it works for rental places, but I'd be willing to bet libraries still work on a donation system. Libraries are too poor to be paying big $$$ to the MPAA.

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