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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Movie Industry Sues Dutch Government over Piracy

Movie Industry Sues Dutch Government over Piracy

Movie Industry Sues Dutch Government over Piracy

Added: Friday, February 26th, 2016
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, 2016
The movie industry in the Netherlands claims that the local government is liable for the high piracy rates in the country, accusing it of tolerating and even encouraging illegal downloading for years. This is why a coalition of movie companies now sues the government demanding for damages they have suffered over the past 10 years, totaling $1.34 billion.

Indeed, pirating video content is very popular in the country: up to 1/3 of the population is known to illegally download and stream copyrighted content. This popularity is actually not surprising because the country has traditionally been a safe haven for pirates: according to local laws, downloading video content without permission was not punishable. This was true until the European Court of Justice spoke out against the tolerant stance a couple years ago. After this, the Dutch authorities quickly outlawed illegal downloading, but it was clear that breaking the habits of a large part of the population would take much more time and effort.

As a result, moviemakers and distributors now want to hold the government responsible and demand compensation for the piracy losses. They sent a letter to Secretary of State for Justice, claiming $1.34 billion to compensate for damages suffered within the past decade. The movie industry explained that the Dutch state had maintained for years that illegal downloading had not been punishable, which resulted in an entire generation of consumers believing that piracy is simply allowed. This was why the companies want the Dutch government to take responsibility for its unlawful legislation and the resulting damage.

The amount of losses suffered based on research, which estimated the losses at 78 million euros annually, but the movie industry claims that actual damage is expected to be even higher, as recent figures reveal that the revenue from video-on-demand have dropped off significantly in the last two years, compared to previous period.

The movie companies suggest using the damages for anti-piracy campaigns and stronger enforcement against pirates. The experts explain that the local government has a few weeks to respond to the letter or else the movie industry will take further legal steps.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.


Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, February 26th, 2016



Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2016-02-26 15:50:33)
No avatarGood luck cockmunchers!!! Suing an entire country over he fact that you refuse to change your business model to adapt to the changing demands of your traditional customer base? Choke on a bag of dicks, Hollywood.

2
posted by (2016-02-26 22:32:55)
Admiral_Smith avatarI love Hollywood, its not Hollywood but maybe a part of the MPAA. That is not Hollywood because they already got their money from the time of production. It is probably the distributors mostly. Yes, the movie industry as a whole is not Hollywood but a portion of it and they are a part of a special interest group here in the USA.

3
posted by Turtle (2016-02-27 03:37:59)
ReservoirDogs avatarThose MPAA cockroaches and associated start really to abuse of their "influence" and "pseudo power" by suing everything everywhere for any reasons.
And seriously 1.34 billion damage estimated for a tiny country like Netherlands ?? Those cockroaches are really out of bounds!!

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSuperman (2016-02-29 15:24:53)
SRIGGA avatarHAHAHAHA "The movie companies suggest using the damages for anti-piracy campaigns and stronger enforcement against pirates. The experts explain that the local government has a few weeks to respond to the letter or else the movie industry will take further legal steps."

ooHooo sooooo scaryyyy. LOLZZZZZZ

5
posted by (2016-02-29 18:38:10)
No avataryou get about 1 in 100 movies that are worth watching , the rest are total crap..should be able to get your money back on a shit product like you can with anything else



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