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Want the New U2 Album Early?
July 20, 2004
Thomas Mennecke
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So called "pre-released" material, as it has come to be known in file-sharing circles, is the term used to describe digital media that appears on file-sharing and P2P networks prior to their intended release. While this has been going on for years, the concept hit the mainstream when George Lucas had a tizzy fit when he discovered "Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones" was floating around various file-sharing mediums weeks before its intended release.

While the movie industry is well insulated from those who traverse file-sharing networks, significant legislation has been passed recently in an attempt to prevent films from popping up online.

The introduction of the "Artists’ Rights and Theft Prevention Act of 2003" has been one of the more significant bills introduced to the US Congress, as it makes bringing a camcorder or other recording device into a movie theater a federal crime. The bill also includes language for making a pre-released movie available a federal crime.

So far, theater employees have been using night vision goggles to nab 15 year old kids filming movies such as Spider Man 2. Whether or not these new laws will prove effective in the long term remains to be seen.

However in the short term, all the anti-piracy rhetoric has not proven very effective. has reported the new U2 album, called Vertigo, was stolen (literally) during a photo-shoot in France. Apparently, the band is so concerned about this (providing this is not a clever publicity stunt) that the French police have been called in to investigate the physical theft.

Additionally, it is being reported that the songs contained on the CD have already begun to appear on Overnet. Although Slyck has not looked into the extent of its distribution, it is only a matter of time before it spreads to various P2P and file-sharing communities.

This story is filed in these Slyck News categories
File-Sharing/P2P Related :: Reviews
Unauthorized Distribution :: Digital Piracy

You can read U2's press release here.

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