p2pnet view Movies:- Movie and TV production company Warner Bros is being sued by Germany’s Medien Patent Verwaltung for allegedly pirating Medien Patent Verwaltung’s anti-piracy technology. Also named are Technicolor and Deluxe.
Oh! The Horror! Say it ain’t SO!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the company says in 2003 it showed Warner Bros “a method of marking films with a distinctive code so it could track back sources of piracy to the exact theater in which an unauthorized copy originated”, says the story, going on >>>
“We disclosed our anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. in 2003 at their request, under strict confidentiality, expecting to be treated fairly,” MPV says in a statement. “Instead, they started using our technology extensively without our permission and without any accounting to us. However, we had taken care to obtain patents to protect MPV’s technology, and we are now in a position where we must assert our rights.”
But there’s another twist.
Did the Germans pirate a Warner patent?
The patent they cite is Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding 7,187,633, says the story, continuing:
“But our search of the patent records reveals that patent number has another title: ‘Marking of a Data Medium Material for Information Intended for Reproduction.’ There is another patent entitled ‘Motion Picture and Anti-Piracy Coding.’ The assignee? You guessed it: Warner Bros.”
However, “Reached for comment, New York attorney Richard Garbarini, representing the plaintiffs, admits the error and says he will file an amended complaint”, says the Hollywood Reporter,adding:
“In the meantime, there’s still the larger issue of whether a major studio stole technology to help it prevent people from stealing its movies.”
Stole? Such a nasty word.
Hollywood Reporter – Did Warner Bros. pirate antipiracy technology?, May 21, 2010
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