Movie studios launch anti piracy research centre

Hollywood’s six biggest film studios have come together to form a technical group to fight online piracy. The studios have created the Motion Picture Laboratories to combat the growing advance in technology that makes it ever easier for the pirates to steal copyright material.

Piracy of movies and other video material is said to cost the industry some $3.5bn a year and growing.

Backed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the non-profit making laboratory’s chief aim will be to develop new technologies that will prevent illegal copying and distribution over the Internet. It will also be looking at ways at detecting illegal copying of movies in cinemas through digital cameras and increasingly mobile phones as well.

Once the technologies have been developed, the MPAA intends to recommend and deliver them to ISPs, network operators and companies in order to stem the flow of illegal material reaching the downloaders.

`Movielabs is a smart investment that will help the entertainment industry adopt new means of fighting piracy and protecting copyrights,’ said MPAA president Dan Glickman.

The companies backing MovieLabs are Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Paramount.

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