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May 20, 2005

Star Wars A Hit With BitTorrent

Reuters: In the internet world which is exploding with increased P2P usage, the movie industry often moves in parallel with the music industry - following similar paths and suffering similar fates with respect to copyrights and piracy...For example, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith has been leaked onto a major file-sharing network just hours after it opened in theaters last night raking in an estimated $16.5 million from 2,900 midnight screenings...So far, at least two copies of the film have been posted to the BitTorrent file-sharing network

According to web site Waxy, one print was available on DVD-R by a pirate group named VISA by Wednesday afternoon - before the film was even released in theatres and was reportedly "time-stamped" (which means it most likely was an 'inside job').  The bad news for Hollywood is that the bootlegs are already making rounds on the Internet for free downloading if you know where to look and are also already for sale on the streets in some cities in DVD format. According to the article, "one popular tracker Web site showed more than 16,000 people currently downloading the film via BitTorrent", but of course that number is only just the beginning...The Inquirer also reports that "The MPAA has been aggressive in going after websites that provide 'tracker' links that enable BitTorrent downloads of copyrighted material, including six lawsuits this week against sites with links to TV shows. The BitTorrent community yesterday responded by releasing a version of the software which installs tracker information on the client rather than the server."..Hollywood must have expected this, but unfortunately there is not much they can do....But certainly something is better than nothing...

To quote Stephen Meyer's most excellent newsletter which arrived in my inbox this morning, "While the music and entertainment companies continue to lobby our politicians in Washington, D.C. for new laws and stricter penalties for piracy, the pirates prove again that in a digital world, they are one step ahead of the game. It's time for action. Not political action. Action that can be taken to thwart piracy or at least diminish its seemingly endless threat." Well said...but now let's kick around 'exactly what' kinds of action would actually improve the situation that don't take years to plan and implement...I know many of us sound like broken records spewing suggestions to 'harness the technology rather than run from it' and to take advantage of it instead of  condemning it...But in the long run, are content providers ever going to feel safe again and be able to technically, legally, or publicly minimize their tangible losses from piracy or should they just surrender and give up the fight and focus on: adding more value to their offerings, increasing customer loyalty, merchandising, touring and subscriptions and...?

--Episode III Bit Torrent Update
--Star Wars - Revenge of the Digital Pirates
--Star Wars Leaked to Internet -
The MPAA, which represents Hollywood's major film studios, has issued a statement condemning BitTorrent. "There is no better example of how theft dims the magic of the movies for everyone than this report today regarding BitTorent providing users with illegal copies of 'Revenge of the Sith'," MPAA president Dan Glickman said.

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Tracked on May 20, 2005 1:14:21 PM


studios should embrace new technologies and maybe find a new revenue model from them

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