Attack of the Clones, Cloned. And then some...
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: MusicDish - May 15, 2002
From : *****
2002-05-11 12:30:00 (CET) (Posted from : ************* )
"hey ppl dont be fooled (like I was) in downloading a 'real' screener of
Attack of the Clones on any of the P2P file share programs such as Kazaa or
first part I downloaded was 175meg and was only a black screen with no sound
second part was just the new Eddie Murphy movie 'Showtime' but advertised as
ps YES I do intend seeing it at the cinemas.....after all that is the only
way to see a Star Wars film isnt it???"
***** got that right.
In other words, George Lucas' latest is online in spades, together with all
kinds of 'rushes' and trailers faked up as the real thing, as ***** found
On San Francisco's KPIX web site, Sue Kwon quoted GartnerG2 media analyst PJ
McNealy as saying: " ... pirates do it by using IRC, or Internet Relay Chat
channels. Downloading software and applying a special code lets them copy
files from computers on outside networks. So movies, whether they are
recorded off a theater screen or stolen from a studio, can be downloaded in
about an hour. It's a process that is getting faster and easier with
broadband technology, more sophisticated computer users, and simple-to-use
On May 13, Stefanie Olsen wrote in CNET News.com, "Copies of the next 'Star
Wars' movie are circulating online more than a week before its theatrical
release, marking the latest setback to the major studios' fight to protect
entertainment from Net piracy.
"Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones, which is set to open in movie
theatres May 16, can be downloaded from Usenet, or discussion groups linked
to the Web."
And AP reported on May 11, "One copy of the movie making the rounds online
appears to have been recorded at a private showing, using a tripod-mounted
digital camcorder pointed at the screen, the Los Angeles Times reported
Friday. Another copy apparently used a more sophisticated version of the
same technique. Both were distributed via Internet Relay Chat ..."
But AOTC isn't pirated only online.
A May 15 Reuters story said Asian crime gangs have been hawking it in Manila
for days, "reinforcing the Philippines' image as the regional center for
bootleg videos. But a U.S. watchdog group said it is other Asian-based
organized crime gangs, also known as tongs, that are financing the fakes."
It went on: "Ramon, a confident teen-ager offers not only Star Wars, but
"Spider-Man" and other Hollywood blockbusters on video compact disc (VCD)
for as little as 30 pesos (60 U.S. cents) each. Digital video discs (DVDs)
go for just 100 pesos each. The 18-year-old says he and his brother make
several thousand pesos a day operating a stall in the mini- shopping
complex. He has no qualms about operating an illegal business or facing
regular police raids."