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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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By inperfectdarkness on 8/12/2011 10:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
no, you can't lose revenue that you wouldn't have in the first place. as has been brought up NUMEROUS times in lots of other postings such as this, the movie/music companies are making a WILD assertion that there's a 1:1 correlation between illegal downloads and lost profit.

this assertion completely disregards the possibility that:

1. said individual may NEVER buy said movies/music in the first place, regardless of ability to download it.

2. failing profits may have more to do with the unimaginative, rehashed offerings put forth by those companies--than it has to do with people illegally obtaining such work.

3. unrealistic profit-margins/expectations have killed much of the movie market. i'm barely in my 30's. when i was a teenager, a movie cost me $2-3. recently, i went to go watch "xmen: first class". my ticket was $12.

if hollywood wants to make more money on movies, they need to start "going back to basics". i can think of several movies with an <10M budget that were more entertaining than a LOT of 100M budget "blockbusters".

new scripts, fresh-face actors (who cost less than the 20M/per picture take that many a-listers get), and a push for independant productions as the primary engine for movies. THAT'S what's needed to increase profits. when the movies start costing 1/10th of the price, you can easily chop the ticket prices in half and STILL reap a huge profit margin. and you'll get a LOT more people in the seats while you're at it.

By betacat on 8/16/2011 9:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
"music companies are making a WILD assertion that there's a 1:1 correlation between illegal downloads and lost profit"

So is a 1:0 correlation being made by the other side of the debate.

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