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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Movie Studio Sues “Friends” Pirates

Movie Studio Sues “Friends” Pirates

Movie Studio Sues “Friends” Pirates

Added: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The last episode of Friends series aired back in 2004, but Warner Bros. is not going to give up on piracy and let share it without consequences. It became known that the movie studio has sent automated infringement warnings demanding $20 fines to alleged pirates.


It is not a secret that Warner Bros. views online piracy, especially via torrent websites, damaging to its revenues. This is why the studio is targeting individual users of these services, notifying them of a breach and demanding money.

Despite the fact that Friends series ended more than a decade ago, Warner Bros. keeps sending out notices, accusing people of sharing season 2 (aired in 1995). The movie studio claims that it “appreciates” people being fans of Friends, but still points out that obtaining copyrighted content without the permission of a rights owner is a serious offense. Therefore, the company offers the alleged pirates to settle for $20 in order to avoid further trouble, even though the real damage resulting from the illegal file-sharing is claimed to be much higher.

The movie studio became engaged in sending settlement offers to American Internet subscribers 2 years ago. Originally, Warner Bros. explained that it was meant as a “discouragement of future illegal activity”. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the automated fines caused some problems for the copyright owners. Both Warner Bros. and its representative Rightscorp have been sued for abuse and harassment by a number of alleged pirates.

Anyway, the industry observers admit that it’s the first time that people are being targeted for downloading video material more than 20 years old. On the other hand, while Friends’ age makes this case quite unusual, it means that the movie studio is still generating decent revenue from the sitcom.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-06-23 21:28:06)
No avatarWhy would you steal Friends? It's like Law & Order, there is an episode on some channel at all times!

posted by (2015-06-23 22:53:48)
blade70 avatarJust as lol66 said. Also, the full series is on Netflix on 1080p & Stereo Dolby 5.1, a huge improvement from the original broadcast, and the episodes are the good ones, not the edits made for the Blu-ray release that everyone hates. It baffles me.

posted by (2015-06-24 05:57:34)
brianic2012 avatarI Hate Friends .. Why Would Ya Download It Anyway? ...On Tv Here, In Oz, Everyday...

Its Like The New Happy Days, Or Brady Bunch ....Same Episodes, repeated Over and Over ..

Free Tv Is crap, and The Main Reason I Download Torrents!

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2015-06-24 23:37:04)
trialNerror avatar"...obtaining copyrighted content without the permission of a rights owner is a serious offense..." Those are not the original words to define piracy. SELLING copyrighted content without the permission of a rights owner is a serious offense. We're not selling. We're watching/listening/reading then either deleting or archiving to watch/listen/read again in another couple years. Back off, you money-hungry, well-bribed, idiotic, past due for extinction dinosaurs in charge of this copyright BS. The industry wants to increase revenue? STOP LOBBYING!

posted by (2015-06-25 06:53:19)
No avatarPiracy is defined as the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work. You don't have to sell content for it to be illegal. You are not allowed to do anything with content that was not paid for or given permission to use, and if so, only for sole purposes, not sharing. They may be money-hungry, well-bribed, idiotic, past due for extinction dinosaurs in charge of this copyright BS... but they are legally right.

posted by (2015-06-26 00:15:22)
dicksmith001 avatarLegally right perhaps but morally wrong. Broken rules & broken laws. Here's why...

I agree with trialnerror ppl these days are simply watching these torrents in their own convenience (like the rental days) and they aren't making any money$ out of it.
It's the digital days ffs, and these old skool legal bs should be updated accordingly.

I think this is just one of Warner's ways to single out said ppl that perhaps have such a moral issue that they feel the need to pay up $20 bucks.
I think anyone falling for these either as I said, have/has had a more sinister agenda past or present which they feel the need to make atonement to or simply too stupid to know any better and in the process, dug their own graves prematurely.

Anyone that dl regardless of intent is considered as a net thief now days but when these same companies charge excessively or better yet, charge multiple times for different format of the same content they should be ashamed. Or in this case, come up an elaborate scheme for whatever purpose.
If you ask me, what they are doing is THIEVERY in a GLOBAL SCALE and they should be the ones watching all these piracy bs adverts.

The way the world works is broken unfortunately, especially when it comes for fair pay. There are so many ppl wanting a piece of the cake that even the wrong can now be considered as full-pledged right or worst legal because of how corrupt ppl in the higher-ups have gotten.
And don't even begin to start lecturing me on how marketing, retail sector works. Those industries makes a broken thing even worst.
I'm not saying their evil but in this particular topic, they generally have more of a negative effect rather than positive.
Yes, they give jobs, profit, etc... but it's at the cost of every consumer(s) which makes it a practice of futility on it's own.
Marketing and retail and even advertisements does have a legitimate purpose but like I said, NOT for this particular thing simply because the cost of digital vs the real world cost is simply not going to co-exist nicely/play nice any time soon.

I don't condole piracy but if the intent is to watch something they have either paid for in the past or even in other formats, then those content SHOULD be considered as PAID IN FULL and even MORE.

Hell imho. If I watched said movie in the cinemas, I feel as if I made my contribution to said company. Any other payments other than for profit (ie: to make others watch it with charge, adding to your long term collection, etc...) is a luxury now days that MOST cannot and should not accept so blindly.
I do buy/support certain things to my liking but everything else should be the way it was because it WORKS. Which is "play before pay", "try before buy" that to me IS FAIR!
There are too many ways these days of ppl dipping their greedy hands in your pocket. Legal/illegal their ALL THE SAME! either way, it at a lost to YOU! and NEVER to them which is why they deem torrenting/P2P such a threat.
They can't figure out how to apply their broken laws and methods to the modern ways therefor in which they feel like they have a valid claim/stake simply because they have always had in the past.
Which brings me back to my topic "BROKEN RULES accompanied with BROKEN LAWS"

It's not enough that they have a million other ways to generate profit, they always need more ways to screw all of us up.

Enough rant... You decide...

posted by (2015-06-26 00:38:49)
dicksmith001 avatarAs for Friends, I personally like it.
And like some ppl here, I too live in AUS. This series is currently being broadcast in HD in a daily basis.
They like force-feeding us things like these in the hopes on making us wanting more I presume.
nevertheless, I am grateful for that fact. Granted they are repeats for the most part but considering it's free to air. It's to be expected at least.

I have the lot of it on all in DVD format I had purchased back in the DVD days several years ago.
I DL'ed the BDRip version a few years ago and don't feel like I owe Warner a single cent.
The cost of the complete DVD set back then was INSANE. Then came a better copy and they expected me to simply throw these away or something and forget that investment?
Ah Hell Naw!
You ain't gettin' a single cent as I said and instead of you guys figuring out ways to rob us in broad daylight, perhaps you should be putting that time to better cause such as 'how to please our consumers to EARN theyr support' <- that would be a good start!
Upgrades from DVD-Bluday deals, Trade-ins, Hell there are A TON of great ideas. You just gotta think in our shoes is all. Granted not all are going agree on one method but give is SOMETHING FFS!

Start getting busy and perhaps begin by dropping frivolous lawsuits such as that above.
Start from square one again and earn consumers trust and they will (not all i know...) have your back ti'l the end of time.
Mayweather Jr = Warner Co atm
Pacman = What we want Warner to be <REAL champ!

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