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Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2001

Internet pirates snatch Snatch’

July 15, 2001

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— A new study by digital copyright enforcement company MediaForce, shows that recent films like "Pearl Harbor," "Shrek" and "Tomb Raider" were among the top 10 most pirated movies on the Internet in June.

Founded earlier this year and based in New York, MediaForce scans the Internet every 15 minutes to identify Web sites, news groups, and peer-to-peer groups like Aimster or Gnutella that host pirated materials.

"The availability of first-run films on the Internet including movies released to theaters as recently as three weeks ago shows that the threat to the motion picture industry of digital piracy is very real," said company CEO Aaron Fessler.

In recent months the Motion Picture Association of America has filed a handful of lawsuits aimed at stopping illegal film downloads. The MPAA has suggested that video piracy costs the studios more than $2.5 billion a year.

The top 10 pirated movies for June are:

1. "Snatch" (Screen Gems)

2. "Pearl Harbor" (Buena Vista)

3. "Traffic" (USA Films)

4. "Lara Croft: Tom Raider" (Paramount Pictures)

5. "Shrek" (Dreamworks SKG)

6. "The Matrix" (Warner Brothers)

7. "Gone in 60 Seconds" (Touchstone Pictures)

8. "Hannibal" (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

9. "Gladiator" (Dreamworks SKG)

10. "X-Men" (20th Century Fox)

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