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Attack of the Clones, Cloned. And then some...
By Jon Newton,
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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 WinMX.
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 AOTC.
Not HAPPY!!!!!!
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 out.

Surprise, surprise.

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 software."

On May 13, Stefanie Olsen wrote in CNET, "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."

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