Pirates in Montreal?

Fox Studios is threatening us Montrealers.

No, not with repeats of “Nanny 911” or “Trading Spouses” but with the power of the law (no, not “Judge Judy”)

Reports suggest that camcorder-pirates are sitting amongst us in bilingual cinemaplexes and then selling the recorded materials to the Asian market before it is released by their local theatres.

Potential implications could be delays in movie releases in Canada. Will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

3 Comments so far

  1. Christelle (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    As if they didn’t have pirates doing the same thing in the USA! Delaying the releases here won’t stop the prob.


  2. mare (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    Most internet film releases are available before the films are even showing, as they’re made from screeners that the movie companies send to reviewers and Oscar voters. Movies captured by camcorders in the theatres are mostly of very bad quality anyway.

    http://www.waxy.org/archive/2007/01/23/pirating.shtml

    I also don’t understand the bi-lingual aspect of this story, they don’t speak French in Asia (not even in Vietnam anymore).


  3. Liz (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    I went to a sneak preview of “Smokin Aces” this week, and they inspected our bags… I didn’t mind… whoever buys bootlegged copies of a movie filmed in a theatre from the inside of someone’s coat isn’t very bright!

    I saw “Rent” in Toronto a few years ago, and someone was up in the nosebleed section with us filming… strange.



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