Motion Picture Association of America

  1. Business Matters: Can Copyright Alerts Work in U.S.? Hadopi Report Brings Promising Signs

    October 29, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The long-awaited Copyright Alert System, or CAS, is coming to the U.S. in the coming weeks through five major broadband providers and their partnership with the RIAA, MPAA and the Center for Copyright Information. The impact the alerts will have i ...

  2. ISPs to Roll Out Copyright Alert Systems This Year, CCI's New Executive Director Says

    April 02, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Expect U.S. Internet service providers to roll out their "copyright alert systems" later this year, says Jill Lesser, the newly appointed executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The July 2011 memorandum of under ...

  3. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  4. MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against SOPA Blackout

    January 18, 2012 6:19 AM EST MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd came out swinging Tuesday in the fight over pending Internet anti-piracy legislation calling online web sites and tech companies supporting Wednesday's "Blackout Day" protest "irresponsible" and ca ...

  5. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  6. MPAA President Chris Dodd Warns Tech Community to Support Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

    November 17, 2011 6:02 AM EST On the same day that the U.S. House of Representatives was holding hearings in Washington on an Internet piracy bill that is opposed by many technology companies, former Senator Chris Dodd was in Hollywood warning the tech giants that if they fail ...

  7. Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony

    June 17, 2011 8:20 AM EDT Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the Internet a felony in most ...

  8. Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Websites Offering Pirated Content

    May 12, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others in the Senate on Thursday introduced a bill targeting online piracy, particularly so-called rogue websites that offer movies, TV shows and other copyrighted or trademarke ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Mastercard, Online Advertisers Show Support for Department of Justice's Piracy Fight

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three weeks after Google took a step to cut off advertising funding to web sites that deal with pirated content, two other parties have also signaled their interest in working with the entertainment industry. These developments give momentum to ef ...

  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. Senate Committee Passes Web Piracy Bill

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST A bill aimed at combating online counterfeiting and digital theft was passed unanimously Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears likely to gain approval from the full Senate. The committee's approval of the proposed law -- call ...

  13. Teens' Music Choices Unlocked

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study by Emory University, published in the new issue of NeuroImage, sheds light on how teen behavior can impact the music they discover and share . Kids aged 12 to 17 were asked to rate a song based on how much they liked it. Later, they we ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Dept. Of Justice Backs RIAA In P2P Suit

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has filed a brief in support of the RIAA in an ongoing P2P file-sharing lawsuit. In the case Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the DOJ is defending the Copyright Act's statutory damages provisions. Lawyers f ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Malaysia Honors Anti-Piracy Canines

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Labradors Lucky and Flo became the first four-legged recipients of commendation medals conferred by the Malaysian government for outstanding service. The medals were conferred for five months of exception sniffing services for Malaysian anti-pirac ...

  21. New Copyright Alliance Taking Fight To Capitol

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON -- A unique new organization made up of ingredients from the commerce, arts and university communities is hoping to convince Congress and the public that copyrights aren't the legal equivalent of a Rodney Dangerfield punch line: la ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  24. MPA/MPAA Counsel To Shift Role

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barsky becomes special counsel to top execs Aug. 14. Simon Barsky, executive VP/general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn. and the Motion Picture Assn. of America, will be shifting his duties. He will become special counsel to MPAA chairman/CEO D ...

  25. FBI Busts Int'l Piracy Ring

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT members arrested the New York area. Special agents from the FBI arrested today (June 28) 13 members of an international ring of movie thieves in the New York area, the Motion Picture Assn. of America reported. This ring is allegedly responsible ...

  26. Swedish Law Enforcement Shuts Down 'Pirate Bay'

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Officials raided 10 different locations, arrested three. Swedish authorities revealed today (May 31) that they have shut down “The Pirate Bay," one of the world’s largest and most well-known facilitators of online piracy. Since filing a crimi ...

  27. U.K. Dogs Fetch Music Pirates

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Project supported by MPAA. Two black Labradors, Lucky and Flo, are the latest additions to the fight against piracy. They have completed their eight-month training to uncover DVDs and other discs that pirates may be smuggling into the United Kingd ...

  28. U.K. Dogs Fetch Music Pirates

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Project supported by MPAA. Two black Labradors, Lucky and Flo, are the latest additions to the fight against piracy. They have completed their eight-month training to uncover DVDs and other discs that pirates may be smuggling into the United Kingd ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Industries Team To Fight Piracy In Latin America

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Film, music communities expand joint efforts. The music and film industries in Latin America have teamed up in an unprecedented effort to jointly fight piracy. In a move that underscores the shared woes of copyright infringement, the Latin America ...

  31. Grand Jury Indicts In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. NEW YORK -- A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals Oct. 12 in connection wit ...

  32. Movie Studios' Suits Hit Download Sites

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Motion picture studios filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits Oct. 13 against a half-dozen Web site operators, alleging that they attempted to fool consumers into thinking the sites were WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- M ...

  33. Indictments In Largest U.S. CD Piracy Raid

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Charged with criminal copyright infringement. A federal grand jury in California indicted three individuals yesterday (Oct. 12) in connection with the largest pirated CD manufacturing raid in U.S. history. Ye Teng Wen and Hao He of Union City, Cal ...

  34. Malcolm Visits Piracy Centers In Mexico City

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT John Malcolm, the Motion Picture Assn.'s worldwide anti-piracy director, toured the Mexico City black market of Tepito on Oct. 3, where he bought a copy of recent Lions Gate release "Lord of War" for MEXICO CITY (The Hollywood Repor ...

  35. Pisano To Fight Piracy As MPAA's New President

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former Screen Actors' Guild leader and studio veteran Bob Pisano has resurfaced after a six-month hiatus to become president and operations chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Former Screen Ac ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. MPAA, RIAA Join Internet2 Group

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The entertainment industry's two major trade associations on Sept. 9 joined the coalition of universities and research institutions known as Internet2 that is developing the next generation of hyper-f WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  38. L.A. Man Pleads Guilty To Piracy

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. of America announced a raft of anti-piracy operations including the conviction of a Los Angeles man accused of operating a major Internet piracy site. LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Motion Picture Assn. of Ame ...

  39. MPAA Pulls 'Saw II' Finger Ads

    August 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. of America has turned thumbs down on advertising materials featuring severed fingers that Lions Gate Films had distributed to Web sites to promote its upcoming horror film "Sa (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Motion Pi ...

  40. Movie Studios Target P2P Users In Texas

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios filed four lawsuits in Texas Aug. 2 against individuals sharing unauthorized copies of movies through peer-to-peer services, the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced. Major motion picture studios filed four lawsui ...

  41. First Suspect Indicted Under Camcorder Law

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that makes it a federal crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The first indictment has been handed down under a law enacted this year that mak ...

  42. Studios Hit Individuals With Lawsuits

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'You can click, but you can't hide.' Major motion picture studios filed four lawsuits in Texas today (Aug. 2) against individuals sharing unauthorized copies of movies through peer-to-peer services. In San Antonio and Del Rio, feder ...

  43. MPAA Gives Parents Cyber Tool

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Concerned parents have a new way of checking whether their children are illegally downloading movies. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Concerned parents have a new way of checking whether their children are illegally downloading movies. The Motion Pict ...

  44. 'Prince of Piracy' Found Guilty

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gasca posed as MPAA employee to access theaters. The so-called "Prince of Piracy" was found guilty in a Los Angeles federal court today (June 30) on seven charges related to camcording movies in theatres, the Motion Picture Assn. of Amer ...

  45. MPAA Revises Claims On Raid

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A DVD replicating plant in City of Industry, California was not shut down after a raid June 15 by a movie piracy task force and remains in business, the company said the week of June 20. (AP) A DVD replicating plant in City of Industry, California ...

  46. MPAA Goes A Fifth Round

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Civil suit seeks damages from Internet pirates. The major motion picture studios have filed a fifth round of lawsuits against Internet movie pirates, according to a release issued today (June 2) from the Motion Picture Association of America. The ...

  47. Elite Torrents Joins Shuttered P2P List

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 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. LOS ANGELES -- One of the largest BitTorrent peer-to-peer Web sites, Elite Torrents, has been shut d ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. NYPD Seizes Nearly 150,000 Discs, Arrests 12

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York Police Department seized nearly 150,000 discs within a ten-day period, arresting 12 individuals and reinforcing the U.S. entertainment industry's "zero tolerance" of theft. NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department sei ...

  50. NYPD Seizes Nearly 87,000 Discs

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The New York Police Department on May 11 raided a basement in lower Manhattan, seizing nearly 49,000 DVDs and 38,000 CDs, and arresting one Ohio and two New York area residents, the Motion Picture Ass The New York Police Department on May 11 raide ...

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