It's hard to believe that it was acceptably watchable, but a video of The Simpsons Movie, captured on a cellphone by a 21-year-old in Australia, became the first pirate version of the movie to be uploaded to the Internet on July 26, Australian authorities said today (Friday). (Since Australia is a day ahead of the U.S., the copy appeared online even before the movie premiered in U.S. theaters.) Australian Federal Police raided the home of the suspected bootlegger in Sydney today, acting on a complaint by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). In a statement, AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic said, "Within 72 hours of making and uploading this unauthorized recording, AFACT had tracked it to other streaming sites and P2P (peer-to-peer) systems, where it had been illegally downloaded in excess of 110,000 times, and in all probability, copied and sold as a pirate DVD all over the world."



17/08/2007