On Sunday we found out that Saudi Airlines was showing a pirated copy of “Killers” to their passengers, appropriately titled “Killers 2010 BDRiP AC3 XViD-ILOVE”
At the time we could only guess what went wrong, but luckily the airline has now responded to the unfortunate event through their entertainment provider Onboard International.
For those people who have trouble reading the ALL CAPS response which was posted at Future of Copyright, a brief translation. Onboard International says that Saudi Airlines has the proper license for the film, and blames the mistake on a mysterious third party.
In other words. Please move along, there’s nothing to see here!
“AS THE OFFICIAL CONTENT SERVICE PROVIDER FOR SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES, WE AT ONBOARD INTERNATIONAL VOUCH FOR THE FACT THAT SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES HAS STRICT POLICIES RESPECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND DOES NOT AIR UNLICENSED MEDIA ONBOARD. THIS TITLE ‘KILLERS’ WAS OFFICIALY LICENSED AND THE MOVIE FILE USED IS IN FACT A SAUDI-EDITED VERSION OF THE MOVIE SPECIALLY PAID FOR BY THE AIRLINE. FURTHER HOLLYWOOD MOVIE FILES ARE HANDLED BY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AND LABS IN THE US AND THE AIRLINE DOES NOT HANDLE PHYSICAL MEDIA FILES. IN THIS UNFORTUNATE CASE AN INCORRECT IMAGE WAS UPLOADED ONTO THE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE BY A THIRD PARTY.”