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Corey A.
01-27-2006, 07:30 AM
From imdb.com

Seven people have admitted piracy charges after copying and sharing a DVD copy of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith before it was released in cinemas last year. The six American men and one woman face a maximum $100,000 fine and one year in jail for allowing an eighth individual to upload the film onto the Internet. Albert Valente, 28, swiped a copy of the George Lucas-directed film from his workplace in Los Angeles and passed it along to the others until it reached an eighth party, Marc Hoaglin, 28, who has admitted to putting a copy on the internet. Hoaglin is due to be sentenced in March. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said in a statement, "We are glad to see the Star Wars thieves brought to justice. Stealing copyrights is a serious problem, and the theft and illegal distribution of Revenge of the Sith was a glaring example of how the actions of dishonest people can cheat the movie-watching experience."

Gregory
01-27-2006, 07:31 AM
And dozens and dozens of dollars were unfairly ripped from the film's box-office take.

Corey A.
01-27-2006, 07:39 AM
And dozens and dozens of dollars were unfairly ripped from the film's box-office take.

We all know Lucas needs the money:-?

silverboy
01-27-2006, 07:41 AM
Yeah...because the movie didn't make enough money?

adventure metal
01-27-2006, 07:57 AM
And dozens and dozens of dollars were unfairly ripped from the film's box-office take.
So is it okay to steal candy bars, cause hey, it's only a dollar?

Gregory
01-27-2006, 08:02 AM
So is it okay to steal candy bars, cause hey, it's only a dollar?

I'm saying I don't think this would have been prosecuted so vigorously had it been, oh, Dukes of Hazzard or Cheaper By the Dozen 2.

stevapalooza
01-27-2006, 09:15 AM
Now all we have to do is charge George Lucas for making Episode 3.

TonyDiGerolamo
01-27-2006, 09:59 AM
Seven people caught and yet, George Lucas still roams free. That's justice for ya.

-TD

NATE!
01-27-2006, 10:00 AM
So is it okay to steal candy bars, cause hey, it's only a dollar?

Hell yes.

NickT
01-27-2006, 10:02 AM
And dozens and dozens of dollars were unfairly ripped from the film's box-office take.
"The six American men and one woman face a maximum $100,000 fine and one year in jail for allowing an eighth individual to upload the film onto the Internet."

Could be a lot more than Dozens.

Kefky
01-27-2006, 10:12 AM
"The six American men and one woman face a maximum $100,000 fine and one year in jail for allowing an eighth individual to upload the film onto the Internet."

Could be a lot more than Dozens.

COULD? Do you have any idea how fast these things get around the net? :mistrust:

There's a pretty insane amount of people who don't even bother go to theaters anymore 'cause it's comfier to download movies off the net.