Motion Picture Association of America

  1. Robert Bennett, Renowned Attorney, to Represent Megaupload

    January 23, 2012 7:17 AM EST ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) - When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment ch ...

  2. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  3. Megaupload's Pirated Content Hosted on U.S. Servers; Guns, Artwork, Cash Seized

    January 20, 2012 7:52 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - With 150 million registered users, about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars, Megaupload.com was among the world's biggest file-sharing sites. Big enough, according to a U.S. indictment, ...

  4. Anonymous Hacks RIAA, Universal Music, BMI, DOJ Sites in Retaliation for Megaupload Bust

    January 19, 2012 6:04 PM EST Apparently in retaliation for U.S. prosecutors shutting down the controversial Megaupload file-sharing site and arresting its leader s, hacktivists Anonymous claimed credit for disabling the websites of the Department of Justice, the RIAA, Univers ...

  5. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecutors; Kim Dotcom, Three Others Arrested

    January 19, 2012 3:26 PM EST MegaUpload, one of the world's largest file-sharing sites, was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said. An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costi ...

  6. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  7. RIAA Weighs in on Flap Over Executive Salaries

    May 23, 2011 5:28 PM EDT Details from the RIAA's 2009 tax return has drawn criticism in the blogosphere yet again. The RIAA took in $33.7 million in membership dues and also collected $417,000 in ISRC revenue, $395,000 in certification program and $335,000 in anti-pi ...

  8. Business Matters: Facebook Posts Have an 80-Minute Half Life (and Other Facebook Factoids)

    April 26, 2011 4:54 PM EDT The Half-Life of A Facebook Post: 80 Minutes -- A study by Toronto-based startup Visibli found that 50% of Facebook likes occur within 1 hour 20 minutes of the item being posted. Sixty percent of likes happen within 2:15, 70% occur within 4:00, 80 ...

  9. Chinese File-Sharing Site Xunlei Plans U.S. IPO

    March 04, 2011 8:26 AM EST Google-backed Chinese video and music file-sharing firm Xunlei, once sued by six Hollywood studios for film piracy, hopes to raise $200 million in a U.S. initial public offering and is hiring JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank to get ready. The comp ...

  10. Business Matters: Warner Loses Over $100 Million In Market Capitalization

    February 09, 2011 6:43 PM EST Warner Loses Over $100 Million In Market Capitalization -- Shares of Warner Music Group fell 9.79% to $5.62 on Tuesday, knocking off $94.5 million of the company's market capitalization. Shares fell another 1.4% to $5.54 on Wednesday, reducin ...

  11. Business Matters: Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Harvard Student Paper Joins Fight Against Piracy -- A staff-written op-ed at The Harvard Crimson, the university's student-run paper, calls for a "sensible compromise" with content owners in the fight against piracy. It seems the Mo ...

  12. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  13. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  14. RIAA, Other Groups Bend Copyright Czar's Ear

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the request for comments to help the U.S. shape its “Joint Strategic Plan” on intellectual property due today, U.S. copyright organizations are urging the federal government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect ...

  15. Torrent Site isoHunt Loses Court Battle

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST British Columbia-based torrent site isoHunt has been handed a huge blow, having lost a summary judgment in a California court battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. isoHunt, which is run by Richmond, BC-resident Gary Fung, had argu ...

  16. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  17. IsoHunt Opts For Trial To Establish Legal Status

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Canadian BitTorrent site isoHunt is taking legal action against the Canadian Recording Industry Association and its major label members in an attempt to establish the legality of its service. "We must fight the increasing noise we are drowned ...

  18. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  19. Business Matters: EMI, The Pirate Bay, UMG

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to a report at Financial News, EMI 's performance has improved to the point it will not require a capital infusion from lenders ...

  20. U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. intellectual property minister David Lammy has defended the government's revised proposal to include suspension of Internet accounts as an option to tackle illegal file-sharing, while calling on industry to help develop new services. Lam ...

  21. IFPI's Kennedy: Canadian Gov't Not Interested In IP

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada’s continued development of world-class musicians is in jeopardy as the country is mired in sky-high piracy rates and lack of cooperation between Internet service providers and music companies, John Kennedy, chairman of the International Fed ...

  22. Report: RIAA Drops File-Sharing Lawsuits

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of America has signalled its intention to switch tactics in the battle against piracy. It stopped filing mass lawsuits early this fall and will now attempt to cooperate with ISPs on tackling users who are uploadi ...

  23. CRIA Not Suing Torrent Site

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Recording Industry Association is not suing torrent site isoHunt.com as reported on various Internet sites and by the torrent site’s founder. Gary Fung, the Vancouver-based creator of isoHunt, a torrent site that has come under fire f ...

  24. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  25. Sweden To Charge Pirate Bay In Copyright Case

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sweden plans this week to charge the people running Pirate Bay, one of the world's most visited Web sites, with being accessories in breaking copyright law. Pirate Bay helps Web surfers share copyrighted music and film files, which is illegal ...

  26. Famed Hollywood Lobbyist Jack Valenti Dies

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jack Valenti, a former presidential aide who became Hollywood's emissary to Washington and developer of the U.S. movie rating system, died on Thursday at age 85, his longtime spokesman, Warren Cowan, said. Valenti served as an aide to Preside ...

  27. RIAA, MPAA Target College Networks

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Letters to 40 universities. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) launched a new program to address the ongoing piracy at universities across the country via campus Local Area Net ...

  28. Studios Unite Against Film Piracy

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Non-profit research firm formed. The major studios have joined forces to fight online film piracy through the creation of a non-profit research company called Motion Picture Laboratories. The new, L.A.-based firm, which will go by Movielabs, will ...

  29. Elite Torrents Joins Shuttered P2P List

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Site offered thousands of illegal movies, TV shows. One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut down by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. Elite Torrents, which had been receiving 8.5 mil ...

  30. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Resolution highlights lack of property protection. U.S. Senate leaders today (April 26) introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to ...

  31. Behind the Deal: Fighting For File Swapping On Capitol Hill

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST That's not a trivial task for Corwin, the lobbyist for Kazaa's parent company. When making the rounds on Capitol Hill, Corwin, 54, is up against the dual political powerhouses of the Recording Industr Philip Corwin has one of the least e ...

  32. FBI, Police Seize 200,000 Discs In Atlanta Raids

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were ra ...

  33. FBI, Police Seize 200,000 Discs In Atlanta Raids

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were raided yesterday (May 13) in Atlanta, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Two warehouses harboring allegedly illegal optical-disc operations were ra ...

  34. California Man Sentenced For Film Piracy

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A California judge has issued the first jail sentence under California's anti-camcording law. Ruben Centeno Moreno was placed on 36 months of summary probation and ordered to serve 42 days in Los Ange A California judge has issued the first j ...

  35. California Man Sentenced For Film Piracy

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jail term is first issued under anti-camcording law. A California judge has issued the first jail sentence under California's anti-camcording law. Ruben Centeno Moreno, who was arrested April 12 after he was allegedly seen filming "The A ...

  36. Film Studios Mum On ClearPlay Suit

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It's still unclear if the Directors Guild of America (DGA) plans to sue hardware manufacturer RCA and retail giant Wal-Mart for making and selling a new ClearPlay-enabled DVD player. LOS ANGELES--It's still unclear if the Directors Guild ...

  37. CERTA Tackles Piracy This Week

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON--Members of the newly-organized CERTA, the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations, are meeting with members of Congress Tuesday (April 20) to drum up support to combat entert Virgin Artist Severs Ties On Contract Dispute B ...

  38. Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Film Piracy

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT An Illinois man pleaded guilty yesterday (April 12) to one count of copyright infringement for pirating Oscar screener copies of about 200 films including "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Seabiscuit." An Illinois man pleaded guilty yes ...

  39. DVD-Copying Software Maker Appeals Rulings

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Studios says DMCA ruling is unconstitutional. A Missouri maker of DVD-copying products says it has appealed a pair of federal court rulings that it stop making and marketing its software. 321 Studios Inc., based in the St. Louis suburb of Ches ...

  40. DVD-Copying Software Maker Appeals Rulings

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Missouri maker of DVD-copying products says it has appealed a pair of federal court rulings that it stop making and marketing its software. A Missouri maker of DVD-copying products says it has appealed a pair of federal court rulings that it sto ...

  41. Arizona Residents Arrested For Film Piracy

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Two Arizona men, Joseph Hwang and Jefferson Rice, were arrested today (March 3) on charges of theft and piracy stemming from a suspected online piracy scam. Two Arizona men, Joseph Hwang and Jefferson Rice, were arrested today (March 3) on charges ...

  42. Arizona Residents Arrested For Film Piracy

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Two Arizona men, Joseph Hwang and Jefferson Rice, were arrested today (March 3) on charges of theft and piracy stemming from a suspected online piracy scam. Two Arizona men, Joseph Hwang and Jefferson Rice, were arrested today (March 3) on charges ...