MPAA

Man sentenced to 33 months in prison for pirating ‘Fast & Furious 6’

Arguably a harsh sentence for pirating a film, a young resident of the United Kingdom was sent to prison for nearly three years related to piracy and distribution charges of the last film in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Movies

Cash for Glass: MPAA dangles $500 for theater employees who rat out cam bandits

The recent detainment of an moviegoer wearing Google Glass wasn't a fluke – it's part of an MPAA program that offers theater works up to $500 for a job well done. Here's a look inside the MPAA's "zero tolerance" Take Action! program.

Mobile

Hotfile shuts down permanently after settlement with MPAA

After the MPAA and file sharing service Hotfile reached a settlement totaling tens of millions of dollars, Hotfile has decided to shut its doors permanently, making the announcement on its official site.

Computing

Hotfile ordered to pay MPAA $80M in settlement

The MPAA initially wanted Hotfile to pay a freakishly massive sum of money for allowing people to use it to pirate movies. Instead, the MPAA merely got several dump trucks full of money for their trouble.

Computing

Hotfile agrees to pay movie studios $80 million in copyright case settlement

Hotfile has agreed to pay US movie studios $80 million in a copyright case settlement, and will terminate its 'cyberlocker' operations unless it "employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement."

Web

MPAA, RIAA want anti-piracy lessons taught to elementary school kids

Potentially a controversial program to insert into a school's curriculum, the MPAA and RIAA are working to push anti-piracy messaging into the lesson plans of elementary school teachers.

Movies

BitTorrent site Isohunt loses MPAA fight, forced to somehow pay studios $110 million

Attempting to make it slightly tougher for tech savvy consumers to locate copyrighted material on the Web, the MPAA won a case against Isohunt which will result in the closure of the site within a week.

Movies

More Chinese movie-goers are really loving American cinema, says MPAA

Despite the suspicions from many Hollywood insiders that China was unofficially banning American movies, it turns out the Chinese market is now the second most lucrative international market for U.S. films, according to the head of the MPAA.

Movies

Hollywood studios, Department of Justice caught pirating movies

Definitely setting a bad example for the American public, the organizations that comprise the MPAA and RIAA hired employees that love illegal downloads.

Movies

Unlocking your smartphone will soon be illegal, and other DMCA new rule insanity

New rules governing exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) dictate that it will soon be illegal to unlock your smartphone without carrier permission. Jailbreaking your tablet is also forbidden, as is ripping a DVD into a digital format.

Gaming

UKNova is the latest victim of FACT and the MPAA’s global BitTorrent crackdown

BitTorrent tracker UKNova has been forced to close down, following a cease and desist letter from the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Web

Google to add SOPA-like anti-piracy filter to search results

Google will soon change its search algorithm to punish websites repeatedly accused of copyright infringement.

Movies

The Expendables 2 officially earns an R rating

Despite Chuck Norris' claims, The Expendables 2 has been granted an "R" rating by the MPAA.

Movies

Rewards, not lawsuits: A lesson in successfully combating online piracy

When it comes to online piracy, punishment is not the answer -- no matter what Big Entertainment believes.

Movies

Led by families, interest in 3D is plummeting among U.S. consumers

As the cost of viewing a film in 3D continues to rise within the United States, cost-conscious consumers are passing up the glasses when they visit their local theater.

Home Theater