In a victory for the entertainment industry, the British Parliament has approved plans to allow for the suspension of Internet service for consumers who are accused multiple times of digital media piracy.
Next week in Minneapolis Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two from Brainerd, Minnesota, is scheduled to on trial for copyright infringement for the second time.
A jury found her guilty in 2007, ordering her to pay $220,000 in damages for illegally distributing 24 songs by the likes of Aerosmith, Green Day and Guns N’ Roses over the KaZaA peer-to-peer network. But a judge subsequently threw out the conviction.
Want to watch Frost/Nixon from the comfort of home tonight? Or maybe The Wrestler is more to your liking?You can find DVD-quality copies of those films, and most of the other Oscar-nominated films, on the Internet right now.
Independent journalist and programmer Andy Baio has been tracking Oscar Internet piracy for the past seven years. He says the Motion Picture Association of America and Hollywood studios are not making progress in their campaign to keep copies of nominated off the Internet.