"SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., but lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With the Canadian DMCA back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules.
"GfK Group is one of the largest market research companies in the world and is often used by the movie industry to carry out research and studies into piracy. Talking to a source within GfK who wished to remain anonymous, Telepolis found that a recent study looking at pirates and their purchasing activities found them to be almost the complete opposite of the criminal parasites the entertainment industry want them to be.
"As Tron: Legacy vehicle designer Daniel Simon put it in a recent interview on this very site, "We're living in a very fast-moving world. Even for me - I'm 34 now, and it's shocking to me how... I mean, when I saw Avatar, I was so blown away, but I was also blown away by how fast people forgot about it. Like, a few weeks after it came out, if you were still talking about Avatar, you were so from yesterday!" | more
"The Hobbit has finally got the green light and will be made in 3-D with Sir Peter Jackson in the director's chair. Shooting will begin in February. The announcement was made today jointly by New Line Cinema - which bankrolled The Lord of the Rings, its parent company Warner Bros and MGM." | more
"Three major movie studios are considering a deal with cable operators to offer recently released movies to viewers before they hit DVD. In Demand CEO Bob Benya is the one who revealed the plan, saying that Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Walt Disney were trying to work out the details with his company, as well as Cox Communications, Comcast, and Time Warner. The movies wouldn't exactly be cheap, though—the current figure being bandied about is $30 per showing in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
This is a well written article that points out the effectiveness of mature media content controlled with industry regulation vs law enforcement. Seems like kids have a much harder time buying M-Rated games than watching an R-Rated movie. Because retail games require an adult to be present for purchase, you only have yourselves to blame for being bad parents.
AMD Vision goes to Cannes Film Festival
In addition to its success on the graphics card market, AMD has apparently decided to go into the movie business as well, in order to promote its AMD Vision technology. We must say that we are pretty excited to see what AMD has made, as the trailer looks quite good and charismatic European film star Miki Manojlovic is definitely a pleasant surprise.
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