IATSE Convention Opens With Congressman’s Speech About Piracy Threat
Delegates to the opening day of IATSE's 68th Convention in Hollywood, FL, heard a local U.S. congressman blast President Donald Trump and Congress for failing to address one of the industry's major concerns, and a serious threat to the nation's creative wellspring: the theft of intellectual property.
"Every day Americans spend an average of 10 hours, 39 minutes in front of one screen or another," Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton told the delegates. "You build much of the… Read
‘Deadpool’ Pirate Arrested; Illegal Copy Of Fox/Marvel Movie Watched By 5M On Facebook
Federal agents have arrested 21-year-old Trevon Maurice Franklin, who is being charged with copyright infringement after uploading a copy of 20th Century Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool to Facebook while the pic was still in theaters last year.
The pirated version was watched by more than 5 million people after making it to the social media portal eight days following its February 12, 2016 release date.
The felony carries a sentence of up to three years in federal prison. Franklin… Read
Hollywood And Digital Companies Forge Global Anti-Piracy Alliance
Hollywood and Silicon Valley seem to have found common ground on an effort to attack online piracy.
Some 30 content creators — including all of the major TV network owners and digital powers led by Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu — unveiled today a global coalition called the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) that hopes to address what it calls “a continuing threat to creators, consumers, and the economy.”
The organization will tap members’ insights, as well as… Read
Hackers Post ABC’s Steve Harvey Summer Series Online
The hackers who posted episodes of the upcoming season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and threatened to do the same to networks like ABC, apparently has struck again. Eight episodes of ABC’s summer series Steve Harvey’s Funderdome have apparently been posted on the torrent site The Pirate Bay ahead of its season premiere this weekend.
It’s still unknown whether a group or an individual is behind the hacks, but the entity known as The Dark Overlord posted a message… Read
Hackers Holding Disney’s Latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ For Ransom
UPDATED with comments from former hacker: Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio. The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid in Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay.
Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting… Read
ICM Partners Foils Identity Thief As Hackers Target Hollywood Talent Agencies
About two months ago, someone tried to impersonate ICM Partners’ head Chris Silbermann and get employee social security numbers. That attempt, which was done through a fake AOL email, was shut down quickly and before information was given out and the situation was handed over to the FBI. UTA was hacked just about a month ago, leading to an email shutdown and people reverting to (gasp!) communicating by phone.
Deadline’s sister company Variety had a security breach, and CAA… Read
10 Ways Hollywood Can Thwart Next ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Cyber-Theft & Agency Hack
During the 2014 Sony hack, Deadline readers benefited from the wisdom of Los Angeles based Hemanshu "Hemu" Nigam, a former federal prosecutor against Online Crimes and former Chief Security Officer for News Corp and Fox Interactive Media, and VP Worldwide Internet Enforcement under Jack Valenti's MPAA. Nigam then called for the appointment of a Hollywood cyber czar after the Sony attack, and gave self-protection advice to Sony staffers dealing with the public dispersal of… Read
Six Alleged Piracy Sites Shuttered After MPAA Files Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed last month by the MPPA and the major Hollywood studios against operators of an alleged ring of piracy sites has been unsealed, showing that those sites have been shut down by a judge’s order.
Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal, Disney, Paramount and Viacom are listed as plaintiffs in the suit filed February 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants were the operators of "PubFilm/PidTV," which the… Read
Warner Bros & Innovative Artists Settle Lawsuit Over Piracy Of Oscar Screeners
Four months after Warner Bros sued Innovative Artists over what it called the "blatantly illegal" online distribution of films given out as Oscar screeners, the parties have settled the case — just days before the Academy Awards.
Warners’ copyright-infringement suit had claimed that, “Beginning in late 2015, Innovative Artists set up and operated an illegal digital distribution platform that copied movies and then distributed copies and streamed public performances of… Read
Google & Microsoft To Demote Piracy Sites In UK Search Results
In a world first, Google and Microsoft have finally agreed to crackdown on piracy sites in the UK. On Monday, it was announced that the search engine giants had both signed up to a voluntary code of practice which will see them commit to demote websites that have been repeatedly served with copyright infringement notices, thereby making it much harder for UK internet users to download and stream films, TV, music and sport illegally. The U.S. tech giants have agreed links… Read
Ken Burns Positions ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary In New Donald Trump Era – TCA
“Are you prepared for Donald Trump tweets saying this is fake news?” Ken Burns got asked right off the bat during the TCA Q&A to discuss his latest PBS documentary The Vietnam War.
The project having been 10 years in the making, did he think the docu would “land at this point in time when we are so divided,” asked a reporter who said he thought it was “very much at odds with the slogan Make America Great Again.”
While acknowledging documentary often is perceived as… Read
Alibaba Miffed About Being Back On U.S. Government’s “Notorious Markets” Piracy List
The federal government is out today with its annual review of “notorious markets,” which highlights “online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.” And this year, a familiar name is back on the list for the first time since 2012: Alibaba.
The Chinese behemoth’s e-commerce platform Taobao.com “is an important concern due to the large volume of allegedly counterfeit and pirated goods… Read