Movies and p2p - irresistable attraction?
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: p2pnet.net/MusicDish - October 18, 2002
Toronto, Canada's, Lions Gate Films of "Monster's Ball" fame is checking out
Kazaa via Altnet for its new release, "The Rules of Attraction" which
involves an exclusive and 'ultra-expensive' ladies (ahem) college, a sexual
triangle featuring a drug- dealing "all-American looking guy," bisexual Paul
and Paul's ex-girlfriend, says a synopsis at hollywood.com.
Who could ask for more?
Lions Gate is working with Altnet, "which is not in litigation with any
studios" because their software is "encrypted with copyright protection so
that it cannot be copied," says the hollywood.com story.
Lions Gate is, by a strange coincidence, majority owner of CinemaNow.com
which offers 'copy protected' film downloads. Its second and third largest
investors are Microsoft and Blockbuster, respectively, not to speak of
hollywood.com and the much- loved doubleclick.com which, many will recall,
not long ago tried to profile surfers - in other words, put names to
supposedly 'anonymous' ad views. Doubleclick called it "personalization".
Others called it "invasion of privacy".
In the meanwhile, MGM, Warner, Paramount, Sony and Universal are still
steaming ahead with their Movielink pay site which, they say sanctimoniously
on their 'trailer' site, is unavailable to, and will not accept any
information from, children under 13. And just in case any pre-teenies decide
to chance it,"If you are under 13, please exit the site," they add.
Sadly, the precise nature of the leading-edge software M, W, P, S & U use to
make the site 'unavailable' to little kids, and/or to determine visitors'
age, is a closely guarded secret (although, with IBM providing Movielink
technology services, it's gotta be really interesting ;)