This year’s Cannes film festival has become uneasy for everyone since the state of emergency that France has been under due to Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacks that killed around one hundred thirty (130) people. In November, ISIS attacked different parts of Paris’ entertainment venues including cafes, Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France stadium.
Hollywood mogul Avi Lerner called President Barack Obama a ‘coward’ for not being able to crack down on search engine giant Google over piracy. Lerner said, “It’s a major problem and it’s something that I don’t know if anyone can stop, because the government, the president, Congress are all scared of Google.”
According to Digital Economy and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, it’s illegal to screenshot Snapchat messages and share them to others without the original owner’s consent. He said the original sender could sue for copyright infringement and the infringer could face a prison sentence.
Recently, BREIN announced that it will prosecute BitTorrent users by collecting IP addresses and other evidences. The Dutch anti-piracy association said the Dutch Data Protection Authority gave them permission to gather IP addresses of those using BitTorrent.
Two years ago, Lionsgate suffered from a high quality leak of the unreleased ‘The Expendables 3’ film online. To avoid a massive deficit in revenue, the Canadian-American entertainment company sued the operators of several websites that failed to remove the infringing files.
Whilst legal proceedings commence in the United Kingdom against file sharers of the film ‘The Company You Keep‘. Ongoing education of the general public continues as industry representatives try to engage directly with consumers on exactly ‘what is copyright infringement’.
The music industry has joined forces to fight piracy by demanding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to police online activities for instances of theft. Around 400 artists, songwriters, managers and music organizations are calling for reforms of the broken DMCA.
Defender of copyright infringers Joe Hickster made it his mission to make people believe that movie pirates should not be penalized. In essence, he makes it seem okay for people to infringe copyrighted materials because they can get away with it. So basically, he’s one of the reasons why the entertainment business is struggling with piracy.
China Media Capital and Warner Bros Entertainment formed a $1 billion joint venture last year to develop and produce films for global distribution. Now, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is targeting India; and this year, Kochi’s Indywood Film Market and Mumbai’s Ultra Media & Entertainment Pvt Ltd had stalls in FILMART.
Torrents Time is a file-sharing technology which enables illegal distribution of copyrighted materials, including TV series and movies. It is a computer installable program and a web browser add-on that is already integrated into two of the most popular torrent websites – The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents. It lets you stream torrents if you don’t want to download a separate client. The plugin works with Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.