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    Continuing its war on Internet file-swapping sites, the Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against a half-dozen hubs for TV show trading.

    The trade association said that piracy of TV programming is growing quickly online, and that shows are as important to protect as big-budget films. This is the first legal action from the group that has focused most heavily on TV content.

    "Every television series depends on other markets (such as) syndication and international sales to earn back the enormous investment required to produce the comedies and dramas we all enjoy," MPAA Chief Executive Officer Dan Glickman said in a statement. "Those markets are substantially hurt when that content is stolen."

    Source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5705142.html


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    they should just upload them themselves with adverts, because that's what pays for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by {I}{K}{E}
    Continuing its war on Internet file-swapping sites, the Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against a half-dozen hubs for TV show trading.

    The trade association said that piracy of TV programming is growing quickly online, and that shows are as important to protect as big-budget films. This is the first legal action from the group that has focused most heavily on TV content.

    "Every television series depends on other markets (such as) syndication and international sales to earn back the enormous investment required to produce the comedies and dramas we all enjoy," MPAA Chief Executive Officer Dan Glickman said in a statement. "Those markets are substantially hurt when that content is stolen."

    Source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5705142.html


    Maybe thats why btefnet is offline
    "The six sites sued Thursday include ShunTV, Zonatracker, Btefnet, Scifi-Classics, CDDVDHeaven and Bragginrights."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GepperRankins
    "The six sites sued Thursday include ShunTV, Zonatracker, Btefnet, Scifi-Classics, CDDVDHeaven and Bragginrights."
    How could I miss that



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    what about services like the BBC that's paid for with "TV licenses"? doesn't that mean everyone with a license has a right to download and distribute at their own discretion? i s the channel not owned by me so i can do what i want with the programs?

    and with all the other services. if i saw the original program and the adverts with it, haven't i paid my way? can i not now watch it as many times as i want?
    if i didn't see the program and i want to, there is most likely no possible way to watch it other than download it.

    as it's not something as simple as pay to see it, or don't. i don't think this will stand up in court at all.

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    Guess it's time to hook the PVR up to the computer and do em myself.

    Seriously though, I can understand companies getting pissed about dvd releases of TV shows being shared, but something that's on air??? Hell, even dvd releases of shows are re-broadcast daily - any given night I can see at least 5 different episodes of Friends, CSI, Seinfeld, and many many other shows. Give me a break. Even without satellite/cable, with just my antenna I was able to watch most of the shows I wanted to and I didn't pay anything to watch them. And with today's technology, most people have the ability to save these shows to some form of media, PVR, DVD, VCR, TV-IN. What's the difference between me saving a program to my PVR (which incidentally edits out the commercials) and making a copy for my neighbour who missed it, or sending a copy to them via the internet?

    Some of the private trackers still host most of the shows, and I'm sure they'll still be widely available via newsgroups, but this is getting bloody ridiculous.

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    I read this yesterday at Slyck also and and as I mentioned there BT just continues to be open game then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiD
    Guess it's time to hook the PVR up to the computer and do em myself.

    Seriously though, I can understand companies getting pissed about dvd releases of TV shows being shared, but something that's on air??? Hell, even dvd releases of shows are re-broadcast daily - any given night I can see at least 5 different episodes of Friends, CSI, Seinfeld, and many many other shows. Give me a break. Even without satellite/cable, with just my antenna I was able to watch most of the shows I wanted to and I didn't pay anything to watch them. And with today's technology, most people have the ability to save these shows to some form of media, PVR, DVD, VCR, TV-IN. What's the difference between me saving a program to my PVR (which incidentally edits out the commercials) and making a copy for my neighbour who missed it, or sending a copy to them via the internet?

    Some of the private trackers still host most of the shows, and I'm sure they'll still be widely available via newsgroups, but this is getting bloody ridiculous.

    I totally agree.

    Companies have been making video recorders and tapes for years. Now they are making DVD recorders to go with the DVDR and DVDRW.

    They are hypocrites. What do they think people do with these things.

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    Btefnet is off Line at the moment but will be back!!
    Thank God

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    all of last nights shows seem to be on ed2k today :-)

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