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NY cracking down on piracy 23 Oct 2006 20:13 #13542

This just in today. Way to go NY! Let's hope other major pirating cities follow suit.

'NYC starting crackdown on film piracy'

Film pirates are about to find the sailing a lot tougher in New York City.

More than 40 percent of the nation's pirated movies that are videotaped in theaters and then illegally sold throughout the world originate here, and the city is fed up and not going to take it any more, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.

Bloomberg said the city will begin using public nuisance laws to go after the owners of buildings where film piracy is organized and movies are sold. The city has been pursuing other types of counterfeit goods in a similar way for several years, shutting several buildings and confiscating millions of dollars in clothing and handbags.

The city will push for state legislation to increase penalties for people who sneak video cameras into theaters and record the films. Bloomberg wants to make the act a misdemeanor for first-timers and a felony for repeat offenders.

"Video piracy is not a victimless crime," he said. "It kills jobs for New Yorkers, and, like the counterfeit clothes and other items, it also is carried about by and supports criminal gangs. Now, we're going to start shutting them down."

Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Dan Glickman said that while a huge chunk of piracy takes place in New York, no other city matches its efforts to combat the crime, which he said is the industry's greatest threat. The organization estimated piracy cost major U.S. studios $6 billion last year.
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Re: NY cracking down on piracy 26 Oct 2006 11:02 #13543

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I hope the video pirates in L.A. are taking note. Right in Hollywoods backyard.
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