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Aussies get lesson from pirated "Simpsons" movie: can't plug a digital leak
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Saturday, 18 August 2007 10:56
Aussies get lesson from pirated "Simpsons" movie: can't plug a digital leak
By Ken Fisher | Published: August 17, 2007 - 01:23PM CT
ARS Technica
Australian authorities have announced that they have arrested a man believed to be responsible for leaking The Simpsons Movie to the 'Net. A Sydney-area man is alleged to have used a mobile phone to record the film in a theater on the day of its release, which he then uploaded hours later, beating the street date for the movie throughout much of the world.

The low-quality copy, which hit the wires a few hours before the movie's official release in the United States, was widely reported in the media as a threat to the much-anticipated Simpsons release. Despite the gloom and doom, the movie's opening weekend smashed expectations, much to the chagrin of elements in the industry who would have liked to point to a poor debut as a sign of the evil effects of piracy. There were fears that the Simpsons were played out, but the movie did far better than expected.
Quick, but not quick enough

The raid was the result of joint teamwork between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and Twentieth Century Fox (Fox). The three had also worked together to track the source of the film leak back in July but found that by the time they could do anything about it, it was too late... More

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