InternetMovies.com -v- Hollywood
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Source: Mi2N - May 30, 2002
Michael Rossi says he wanted to share his interest in movies with surfers,
so he built a site with information about the movie industry, and a graphic
directory linked to movie trailers.
However, Hollywood didn't see things quite that way and last year the Motion
Picture Association of America (MPAA) filed a series of cease and desist
orders against Rossi's InternetMovies.com alleging it had distributed
unauthorized copies of copyrighted motion pictures.
Rossi said as a direct result, his site was effectively shut down for a
period of time which had, "a negative effect on the business proceedings and
reputation of InternetMovies.com."
But Rossi says he wants to show small entrepreneurs they can, "stand up to
Hollywood and its unfair business practices." So he's filed a lawsuit
against the MPAA claiming, "interference with contractual obligations,
interference with prospective economic advantage, as well as libel and
InternetMovies.com does not, and has never, distributed unauthorized
copyrighted motion pictures, said Rossi in a statement, adding, "According
to Jack Valenti, President of the MPAA, 'As a part of our copyright
enforcement efforts, we are using Ranger, a sophisticated search engine, to
track down movies illegitimately on the Web. Once Ranger sniffs out an
illegal site, we send 'cease and desist' letters to the Internet Service
Provider whose customer is engaging in the infringing activity or, where
possible, to the site itself.
"In 2001, we dispatched 54,000 such letters to 1,680 ISPs around the world."
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