U.s. Lawmakers Call Meeting Over X-men Leak
Hollywood bosses are fighting to toughen antipiracy laws after a stolen version of HUGH JACKMAN's new movie X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was leaked online.
Executives at 20th Century Fox studios were furious when a full-length print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine began appearing illegally on websites last Tuesday night (31Mar09).
The incident prompted California Representative Howard Berman to call a congressional hearing on Monday (06Apr09).
At the meeting Berman called on legislators and Hollywood heavyweights to discuss introducing bills aimed to make antipiracy laws more rigid between the U.S. and countries where protection of intellectual property is less strict.
He said, "The United States and its trading partners rely heavily on investments in intellectual property to drive our economies. Unfortunately, the incentives and profits for engaging in piracy are high, and the risks of being apprehended and sanctioned are low in many countries around the world. Piracy of copyrighted materials is not a victimless crime, and its global repercussions must be addressed."