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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: The word is DENIAL - look it up
By kraeper on 8/12/2011 5:06:07 PM , Rating: 2
In fact the U.S. and other countries are working on legislation to make piracy a felony with mandatory prison time.

No, the **AA (ie.. your employer) is spending millions lobbying in the US and other countries to make harsher penalties. The fact that they are wasting time paying forum/comment trolls reveals how far lost they really are. People don't have to be pirates to see how corrupt the **AA are. Quit over-charging for your easily-replicated products, and the incentive to not get ripped-off goes away. Start paying writers what you pay the CGI crew and you won't have to do prequels of sequels of reboots. Fire the lawyers, fire the DRM programmers and accept that some people will slip in the back of the theater, or go watch two movies after paying for one. This isn't new. No business in the world is immune to theft, but some figure out how to deal with it and move on, including businesses who lose physical goods when they are stolen from. Those businesses suffer *actual* monetary losses, not *theoretical* losses based on what the consumer MIGHT have paid multiplied by some random, large number. Others cry and cry and cry from their multi-million dollar mansions about how much money they're losing from people who wouldn't have paid anyway.

Innovate or die. Business has always been that way, and the **AA are dying from a lack of innovation, not piracy. And to make up a fantasy about movie downloaders going to jail while rapists walk the street isn't helping your public image any.

RE: The word is DENIAL - look it up
By betacat on 8/16/2011 5:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
And, if you and all the other freeloaders had actually paid for the legal rights to the content?

I know, I know. If you had to pay, you wouldn't have bought it, so ergo, no crime... even though you did flaunt the licensing set by the holder.

No ephemeral bits were harmed in the making of your infrigment.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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