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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Definitely setting a bad example for the American public, the organizations that comprise the MPAA and RIAA hired employees that love illegal downloads.
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.
BitTorrent tracker UKNova has been forced to close down, following a cease and desist letter from the Federation Against Copyright Theft.
Google will soon change its search algorithm to punish websites repeatedly accused of copyright infringement.
When it comes to online piracy, punishment is not the answer -- no matter what Big Entertainment believes.
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.