First Simpsons Movie Pirate Copy Tracked to Aussie Man

Pirates, beware! Authorities have announced today that they have tracked the first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" to a 21-year old Australian man, whose home was consequently raided by police. According to Australian Federal Police, the man, heretofore unnamed, has been ordered to appear in a Sydney court in October when he will be formally charged, although details of the likely charge and penalties have not been made public. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) industry group said the investigation into the pirated copy involved News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox movie studio, Australian police, and the private investigation group Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT). According to AFACT, the illegal "Simpsons" copy was recorded by a cell phone in a Sydney cinema on July 26 - hours before its release in most of the world - and uploaded to a video-hosting site based in the US.

"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," said AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic .

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Don't get why they bothered with him and his crappy phone copy. The DVD rip was out before it even hit the UK for example.

Ferret said,
The pirates really can work quickly !

u live in the us right?
here (latvia) i would get a dvdrip 2months fasther than be able to see the movie in the theater

I've never understood pirating movies.

If you want to go see it, go see it!
If you want to own it go buy it!

Unlike music - it's not like you like one or two songs and don't want to pay for the rest of the filler tracks.
Unlike software that is hundreds to thousands of dollars

If I want to see a movie, I go to the theatre. If I like it, I'm first in line on new release tuesday to buy it. They're reasonably priced. I just don't get it.

If someone has the money to pay for a high-speed connection, they can certainly afford a movie.

If you steal a BMW, the owner lose it. Not so in this case with pirates.

... So if I steal a Car from a factory making them - is it then okay in your eyes?

... Of if I steal plans for the car and then make copies of the car myself - is it then okay?

plastikaa said,

... So if I steal a Car from a factory making them - is it then okay in your eyes?

... Of if I steal plans for the car and then make copies of the car myself - is it then okay?

Either you're still not listening or you just refuse to accept the fact that you're wrong.

If you steal the car from the factory -- you're still stealing from the manufacturer. Stealing a car from the factory would be equivalent to a 0day rls.

If you stole the plans for a car, you are still taking a physical item which there are not exact copies of (there may be other print outs but I mean those specific plans -- there is no exact duplicate).

If you want to relate cars to music, it would be equivalent to you buying a BMW, then making plans from the car that you purchased, and either putting those plans on the internet, or creating a machine that clones your vehicle.

Children, this is PIRACY, not THEFT. It is in regards to COPYright infringement -- which means the person was making copies of something -- not actually physically stealing an item.

I swear to god some of you are so determined on being right you fail to understand simple definitions.

rev23dev said,
I've never understood pirating movies.

If you want to go see it, go see it!
If you want to own it go buy it!

Unlike music - it's not like you like one or two songs and don't want to pay for the rest of the filler tracks.
Unlike software that is hundreds to thousands of dollars

If I want to see a movie, I go to the theatre. If I like it, I'm first in line on new release tuesday to buy it. They're reasonably priced. I just don't get it.

If someone has the money to pay for a high-speed connection, they can certainly afford a movie.

I'll have to disagree.

It costs about $10 to go see a movie in a theater that you'll watch one time and never see again. It costs about $15 (maybe more, I haven't bought DVD's in ages since they're pointless to waste money on) to buy a DVD version of a movie that you'll watch one time and never open the case again. It makes more sense to buy music than movies. At least with music you listen to it over and over. I can't count how many times I listened to my Puddle of Mudd CD that I paid $13 for, until I lost it. Yet, I've watched my Cars DVD all the way though one time, and never looked at it again.

Software is a legitimate argument. Almost all software is overpriced. Anything worth having is several hundreds to thousands of dollars.

I guess different people have different opinions, but I'll go spend $13 on a music album before I'll go spend $10-15 dollars to watch a movie.

C_Guy said,
"Piracy isn't theft. "

That's like the pirate motto. It's what they tell a judge before they are charged with THEFT because they don't comprehend that word.

When you pirate something and the copyright holder doesn't receive payment they normally would have then they have LOST that money. Get it? Now, if everyone does it then suddenly they have no revenue and then they have ability to make more movies/music/software. Those who play by the rules (pay) allow creativity to continue. Those who don't (pirate) only force up the price that the honest people pay.

come on! hollywood has too much money anyways
if they were a little bit shorter on coke and cash, maybe they even got brighter ideas for new movies

rev23dev said,
If someone has the money to pay for a high-speed connection, they can certainly afford a movie.

You forgot that most teenagers and students don't have regular salary, broadband is paid by parents and $10 for them looks like significant amount.

and in all probability, copied and sold as a pirate DVD all over the world," said AFACT executive director Adrianne Pecotic
In all probablility my ass. Noone would make a dvd of a movie recorded by a cellphone, and it CERTAINLY wasn't sold.

I'll never understand why someone would go into a theater with a camera to record the movie and then upload it on file sharing sites. The people that do it for profit I can at least see their motivation, but to risk your freedom and your financial well being just to upload a crappy camera phone recording of a movie makes no sense. It can't be popularity since they have to do it anonymously, unless they just like bragging to their friends (if they have any). I just don't get it, any more than I get why anyone in their right mind would want to watch a movie recorded in the theater by some guy with a camera phone. Doesn't that pretty much ruin it? Movie tickets aren't that expensive. Anyway I have no sympathy for this guy, he's an idiot.

lol why would you record it on the phone in the first place? and then to put it on a dvd disk! dude! lol thats funny! I feel bad for the guy though!

Why would they bother putting a recording made by a cellphone camera on DVD
the picture must be horrible, nvm the sound .....
I seriously doubt it was THAT populair lol

CbaZ10 said,
Why would they bother putting a recording made by a cellphone camera on DVD
the picture must be horrible, nvm the sound .....
I seriously doubt it was THAT populair lol

Because you know what you are talking about, right?