Hollywood Seeks Piracy Informers

from the need-a-little-cash? dept

On the whole, while I think the entertainment industry is making a huge mistake in going after file traders, I’ve been surprised that they’ve seemed less concerned with the “real” piracy problem – of people actually selling counterfeit music and movies burnt to CDs and DVDs. It turns out that now the movie industry has set aside a pile of cash to pay off informers about where these pirate factories are. Since so much of the hard goods piracy industry is now run by organized crime, they basically don’t think the local police are trustworthy enough to crack down. So, they’re resorting to bribing people to turn in their employers. Nothing too surprising here, but I’m wondering how long it will take Hollywood to shift that policy to downloading as well. Need some extra cash? Why not turn in your college roommate for downloading the latest hit movie last night?

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...