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Banning Is Invitation to Piracy

Banning Is Invitation to Piracy

Added: Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
New Zealand’s censors have recently banned a horror movie Maniac, a serial killer flick starring Elijah Wood, from any kind of public distribution, claiming that it is potentially injurious to the public good. In response, the movie distributor said that the banning is an actual invitation to piracy and was right.


Apparently, the most obvious sign of filtering in entertainment is the ratings system, which has an influence over who can see what. For the New Zealand censors, Maniac seemed to be a sadistic serial killer. The Office of Film and Literature Classification came to conclusion that the movie is so disturbing that it shouldn’t be seen by anyone except for people attending specialist festival screenings. As a result, the film was banned from both theatrical and DVD release in the country.

Of course, the distributor of the movie wasn’t happy with the decision. He points out that Maniac is one the finest horror movies in recent years, which is proved by its selection into the Cannes Film Festival. Therefore, banning the movie beyond festival screenings can insult the intelligence of the adult population of the country and actually serves as an open invitation to illegally distribute the movie. If you take a look at activity of people sharing Maniac on BitTorrent networks, it won’t be too encouraging for Monster Pictures.

The United States, for example, is on the first place in pirating the movie with 18% of the downloaders. It is followed by the United Kingdom with almost 9%. New Zealand is third with 7% of downloaders, regardless of its small population of 4.4 million. By comparison, Brazil with a population of 197 million features the same result of sharing the movie.

Apparently, all the publicity over banning the movie has encouraged lots of Kiwis to obtain the movie in any way they could, potentially upsetting the stats. Taking into account that they have no legal way to grab a copy, numbers will keep growing unless the ban is lifted quickly.

Another interesting fact is that New Zealand has another kind of movie censorship enshrined in law – it bans parallel importation of movies into the country for a whole 9 months following their international release date. This system will be in place for another 3 years, but the restricted period might be cut to 5 months.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

August 3rd,2013

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Date:  Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Kitty (2013-08-03 18:38:23)
Crash1 avatarMaybe the studios should prosecute the film classification board for promoting piracy!!!

Think about it ... the fastest way for something to be pirated is for it to not be available in a location/country. eg the networks in Australia cancelled the showing of Warehouse 13 at the end of Season 2 (for 12 months) so us fans had to resort to pirated torrents to view the last 2 seasons (they've still several months behind on Season 4). The same goes for banned computer games, etc.

As soon as something is banned, whether or not they'd usually watch that film, people will want to DOWNLOAD it just to see what all the fuss was about.

Classification boards SHOULD have a blanket policy of not banning anything ... simply place it in the most restrictive classification, which lets responsible adults CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES whether to watch it or not.

posted by Turtle (2013-08-03 19:26:07)
No avatarSo, according to the New Zealand censors, we should be expecting an epidemic of scalpings/murders when, exactly?

posted by (2013-08-03 22:47:37)
gonads90 avatarI for one have never heard of this movie. Now it's been banned it's a must see on my movie list. Then i'm going out to commit mass murder.. (kidding)

posted by Blocked (2013-08-04 04:00:34)
No avatarbanning something makes people want it more lol no wonder ET's blocking system doesn't work

posted by ET loverKitty (2013-08-04 14:06:11)
greymongel avatarThnx for the great articles as always SAM ;> .... yea sounds like a stupid system, BAN it so people will want to go and illegally Download it cause its the only way they can see the movie lol.....sounds assbackwards to me if your trying to slow down or stop people from illegaly Dling ;>

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-08-04 16:31:41)
xxxskfxxx avatarthey did the right thing banning it,the film was utter rubbish.they saved lots of people money

posted by (2013-08-04 16:31:58)
raypettit74 avatarThe movie will get out anyway, they always do. People are intrigued by what they read about.

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