FC: Correction: MPAA already managed to shut down illicit movie site

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 11:00:51 PDT

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    [While I was catching up on email, I inadvisedly sent out the previous 
    Politech message (http://www.politechbot.com/p-03635.html) without checking 
    for followup stories first. That led to a whole lot of responses saying, 
    nope, film88.com was already offline. --Declan]
    From: "Albert Koellner" <crajkat_private>
    Organization: -
    To: declanat_private
    Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 17:47:02 +0200
    Subject: Re: FC: MPAA tries to shut down illicit movie site -- based in Iran
    On 10 Jun 2002 at 7:55, Declan McCullagh wrote:
     > [Next steps?
    The movie's over for Film88.com
    By Stefanie Olsen
    Special to ZDNet News
    June 6, 2002, 4:20 PM PT
    Hollywood dodged a second bullet in a burgeoning battle
    over online film distribution Thursday, quickly shutting
    down an Iran-based Web site that had sold access to
    copyrighted films over the Internet for $1 apiece.
    Tehran-based Film88.com registered its Web site in April,
    and the company had briefly operated a video-on-demand site
    renting a long list of Hollywood hits such as "Star Wars"
    for viewing on PCs. Though Film88.com was being operated
    from a country with unfriendly U.S. relations, its content
    ran from servers based in the Netherlands. The MPA, the
    international arm of the Motion Picture Association of
    America, worked with its Internet service provider in the
    Netherlands to turn the site off. ISPs in the Netherlands
    recognize international intellectual-property laws.
    From: hjmoyerat_private (Herbert Moyer)
    To: <declanat_private>
    Subject: RE: MPAA tries to shut down illicit movie site -- based in Iran
    Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 11:52:26 -0400
    After reading this I went to the film88.com site and apparently they decided
    to shut down service as the following message appears now:
    Dear Valued Users and Geeks,
    We wish to announce that due to the following factors, we shall cease the
    operation of film88.com:-
    1. There has been many technical complaints during our trial run. We are
    satisfied with some technical results but feel that we have a duty to find
    ways to resolve technical complaints before providing such service. We shall
    be publishing our technical results soon and open for public discussion for
    the benefit of everyone on our website.
    2. We have made clear many times that we are not pirates. We have proposed
    to major studios in Hollywood to pay 30% of our movie rental price as
    copyright compensation. This represents a huge percentage from our gross
    profit but we feel that a balance between innovation and copyright
    compensation is important. However, Hollywood has reacted negatively. We
    have to evaluate this issue. Perhaps we should look for movies outside
    Hollywood but we hope that Hollywood will some day offer such service.
    Perhaps we should wait for the development of "Statutory Licence" for the
    movie industry similar to the Statutory Licence for the music industry in
    3. Some journalists have given us fair comments while others drag us into
    politics. We have stated clearly that we are not involved in politics (Iran
    or elsewhere). What happen to the fundamental concept of Internet of being
    borderless and not knowing any nationality and race? We are actually more
    keen in technical comments/reviews and to resolve the copyright issue.
    We have no plans at the moment but the innovation must go on.....
    We wish to apologize to all users, Geeks, our service providers and
    Hollywood, and hope that they will accept our apology for inconvenience
    caused, if any.
    We can be contacted at film88at_private
    Thank you.
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