Paramount: piracy has advanced from 'geek to sleek'

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Paramount: piracy has advanced from 'geek to sleek'

Mon Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:42AM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Last month, we wrote about Paramount COO Frederick Huntsberry's effort to keep his presentation to the FCC off the internet for fear of promoting piracy. The speech was promptly pirated and posted online.

Now, Paramount has sent the FCC a formal letter that pretty much puts on paper what Huntsberry presented in his speech. This includes:
  • A case study of how 5 million pirates propagated copies of the studio's summer "Star Trek" film. 
  • A view of the Internet hierarchy, positing there are six types of websites with relationships to pirated movies. For example, the company considers websites like  Google, Yahoo, and Bing to be "leech sites."
  • A belief that advertisers and financial institutions may be unaware of unlawful activity they are supporting. 
Paramount also offers the thesis that piracy has advanced from Geek to Sleek. Check out this exhibit:

Picture 5 

Read the entire letter here.

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