In digital age, can movie piracy be stopped?Posted: May 6, 2009
This is the major problem around the world for the media industry.
The pirated version of the new films are spreading through the CD’s and also flying through the NET .. Many of the people are willing to see the movies in those CD’s and downloading them from the net within a day and enjoying it..
But behind this many of the people suffering a lot who worked for those movies….. 😦
When the highly anticipated movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opened Friday in theaters, many fans had already seen it.The online leak of a pirated, unfinished version of the 20th Century Fox film a month ago sent federal authorities springing into action and stoked a heated conversation within the entertainment industry about digital piracy.
Piracy of upcoming films is not new, but the theft of “Wolverine” is especially troubling for an industry concerned with a stalled economy and the financial bottom line.
It’s rare for high-quality copies of a big-budget blockbuster to appear on the Internet more than a month before the film’s release, experts say.
Within a week of “Wolverine’s” March 31 leak, more than a million people had downloaded the movie, according to TorrentFreak, a blog devoted to the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol.
“Unfortunately, the recent leak of the Fox film ‘Wolverine’ provided a stark backdrop to the impact that digital piracy has on the large investments that producers make in creating state-of-the-art films,” said Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, who oversaw a congressional hearing on piracy after the leak.
“During our hearing in Los Angeles, director Steven Soderbergh said that in 2007, the entertainment industry generated a trade surplus of $13.6 billion,” Berman added. “Imagine what those numbers would be if we could rein in piracy.”
Bootleg, or illegally copied, movies have long been a thorn to the film industry.In 2003, a version of Universal’s “The Hulk” appeared on the Internet two weeks before the film opened. A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to the theft. And in 2005, a pirated print of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” was uploaded to the Web within hours of the movie’s release.
But where Hollywood’s biggest headache used to be murky, muffled copies of films taken by someone who snuck a camcorder into a theater, today’s pirates are getting more sophisticated and gaining access to better-quality goods.
Try to avoid watching movies by the pirated CD’s and through the net too…