MPAA promotes two execs in content protection unit

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The MPAA has promoted two execs in its content protection unit. Mike Robinson has advanced to exec veep and chief of operations and Kevin Suh to senior VP of Internet content protection. Both joined the MPAA in 2006. Ann Sommerlath has joined Imax as veep of corporate communications. She moves to the large-format exhib after […]

French Anti-Piracy Law Doesn’t Stop Pirates

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A new survey claims that anti-piracy laws in France have had little impact on filesharing behaviour so far. Last year, the Hadopi measures were put into effect and by October some 25,000 warnings letters a day were being sent out by ISPs to suspected filesharers. The UK is expected to implement a similar warning letter […]

Universal and Sony Music plan ‘instant pop’ to beat piracy

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Ten years after piracy first began to ravage the music industry, Britain’s two biggest record labels will finally try to play their part in stopping it, by making new singles available for sale on the day they first hit the airwaves. Universal and Sony Music – home to Take That and Matt Cardle, respectively – […]

MPAA struggles to choose a new leader

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One of the most glitzy job openings in Washington has gone unfilled for nearly a year. The top spot at the Motion Picture Association of America has been in flux since its chief executive left last April and interim chief executive and president Bob Pisano took the helm. For more than a year, a prominent […]

China’s IPR campaign spreads to target online piracy

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The campaign to protect Internet intellectual property rights (IPR) will be expanded this year by targeting online piracy, a senior official said. The Internet has become a major battleground for the country’s IPR protection campaign, and the legal system must catch up, Wang Ziqiang, spokesman for the National Copyright Administration, told China Daily. Read More

BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen Talks to CNN Money

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BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen talks to CNN money to discuss the rapid growth of BitTorrent in the last decade. Among other things he says that he never really considered that BitTorrent could be used to distribute video, because there wasn’t really any video online at the time.

MegaUpload Accuses ISP of Restricting Access To Its Services

Cyberlockers are the new fall guys for the entertainment industry it seems, as yet more news comes in of action being taken against MegaUpload, one of the largest one-click download sites. According to reports from users and the site itself, MegaUpload is being blocked or slowed down by Orange, one of the major ISPs in France. MegaUpload has publicly outed the ISP, that on its turn denies all accusations.