MOVIE INDUSTRY’S NEW MENACE
AMSTERDAM — Movie fans downloading free pirated films are no longer Hollywood’s worst nightmare, but that’s only because of a newer menace: cheap and equally illegal subscription services. Foreign, often mobrun, businesses aggregate illegally obtained movies into “cyberlockers’’ similar to Internet storage sites used by individual consumers to squirrel away pirated video. But the forprofit version of this phenomenon has spawned an array of sophisticated and seemingly reputable sites selling unlimited digital movie files for as little as $5 a month.
“Cyberlockers now represent the preferred method by which consumers are enjoying pirated content,’’ Paramount Pictures chief operating officer Fred Huntsberry said on Monday.
Commonly, Hollywood movies are made available via illegal forprofit sites within days of theatrical release, while the advent of global releasing now allows the proliferation of individual titles into an array of language dubs within the first month of a theatrical debut, he noted. — Reuters.