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Caught in the Act

The issue of whether the media industy should continue fighting copyright piracy on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks or start thinking of P2P as a new money-making content delivery mechanism came to a rather ironic head recently at Ellacoya Networks Inc.

One of Ellacoya's senior networking engineers was caught downloading a pirated version of The Matrix Reloaded at home and was cut off temporarily by his cable service provider, at the behest of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), acting on behalf of Warner Brothers, which owns the rights to the Matrix cash cow.

The irony is that the engineer (we'll call him Neo to protect his identity) was actually downloading the film for research purposes.

Don't believe it? Well... Treat yourself to all the sordid details at Boardwatch.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

RouterOttawa 12/4/2012 | 11:38:18 PM
re: Caught in the Act when somebody is caught downloading a movie makes the news. Sheesh...
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 11:38:12 PM
re: Caught in the Act So thanks to digital media humanity now has a product that can be copied an infinite number of times at will, virtually for free, with no waste.

But what does the film industry do? They come out with disposable self-destructing DVDs, which means it costs more money to duplicate the product AND it creates mountains of useless toxic waste.
stuartb 12/4/2012 | 11:38:12 PM
re: Caught in the Act I wonder if Agent Smith, or possibly one of his clones, paid this guy a little visit?

"As you can see, we've been watching you for some time now Mr. Anderson."
Peter Heywood 12/4/2012 | 11:38:07 PM
re: Caught in the Act Read the interview of KaZaA founder Niklas Zennstrom on Boardwatch:

http://www.boardwatch.com/docu...

Zennstrom points out that the film industry has a history of failing to recognize new distribution methods.

He points out that they fought tooth and nail to stop video recorders, and now make more from videos than from showing the movies in cinemas.

It was a similar story with TV. They thought it was going to kill off the film industry at one stage.
Iago13 12/4/2012 | 11:38:07 PM
re: Caught in the Act he chose the Matrix over some of his other video options to do his "research" on.
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