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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: You can't lose something you didn't have.
By foolsgambit11 on 8/14/2011 3:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
On one level, I agree, and on another, I disagree. People should take breaking a law seriously, whether they agree with it or not. But the law is not the same thing as justice. There is a valid argument to be made for civil disobedience when it comes to unjust laws. However, most people pirating media aren't engaging is civil disobedience, they're just not taking IP laws (which include copyright) seriously. In this sense, it's like speed limits - most people speed, but it isn't because they think speed limits are wrong, necessarily; they just don't really give them that much credence. Maybe they understand that the laws exist for a good reason, but they think they should be more lax in their implementation - so perhaps there's a bit of civil disobedience mixed in there, but it isn't the primary reason for the infringement.


By betacat on 8/16/2011 9:54:08 AM , Rating: 2
Sure. The freedom to engage in civil disobedience in order to spur large-scale changes is a hallmark of American society.

But, civil disobedience is justified because you can't afford Katy Perry's new album? :/


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