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MPAA Attacks Movie Streaming Sites
July 29, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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When it comes to media distribution, some online entities go to great lengths to justify their business. Many BitTorrent, eDonkey2000, and Usenet sites tout their support for independent artist, while the legal ramifications of pointing to metadata remains a gray area. The question hasn't been answered by the person in a black robe, however, the entertainment industry isn't waiting around.

Today, the MPAA announced two lawsuits against theatrical movie streaming sites and Both sites are similar in nature, and provide streaming access to movies currently in theaters. Movies such as "The Dark Knight", "Hancock", and "Get Smart" are readily available. Sites like these often tap into a global network of servers which provide the streaming video. No BitTorrent application required, just fire up the web browser and relax.

"There are many people operating illegal websites like these who are profiting from the theft of protected content. We have filed several other similar lawsuits and will continue to do so in order to hold operators accountable for their illegal activities. We have every intention of shutting down these, and sites like them, for good,” said John Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.

According to the MPAA, both side combine to generate approximately 27,000 unique visitors a day, viewing over 97,000 pages of material. Neither site returned our request for comment at time of publication. appears to have disabled its theatrical links, although still seems operational.

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Entertainment Industry :: MPAA
Unauthorized Distribution :: Physical Piracy

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