Are Hollywood’s Artificial Release Delays Driving Piracy?


Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom. So Belgian authorities decided to go undercover to get him, because they knew he traveled very little and that an international arrest warrant would produce no results in unstable Somalia. They approached an accomplice known as Tiiceey, dangling a fake job as an adviser to a fake movie about piracy, Delmulle said. The two men took the bait. Tiiceey was also arrested Saturday.

Hollywood Steps Up Security to Keep Scripts Secret

Enlarge Image Christopher Nolan The scene of these cloak-and-dagger tactics is the offices of Christopher Nolan’s production company, Syncopy, on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif., where the famously secretive filmmaker has gone to extreme lengths to guard the script to next year’s big-budget science-fiction film “Interstellar,” just as he did with the blockbuster “Dark Knight” trilogy. People who have worked on movies with Mr. Nolan described the process. Mr. Nolan declined to comment through a spokeswoman. Intense security on scripts has become standard operating procedure in Hollywood, where studios and producers no longer just worry about movies being pirated. Now they stay awake imagining that an incomplete draft of a script will be posted online, reviewed by a fan blogger and trashed on Twitter, potentially souring audiences before a frame has been shot. As a result, even some of Hollywood’s most veteran hands are treated like they’re being shown state secrets when they read a 120-page story about superheroes, robots or Jedi Knights. “It’s like the NSA these days,” said Lynda Obst, a producer whose 30-year filmography includes “Flashdance,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Ms. Obst is a producer on Mr. Nolan’s “Interstellar” but declined to discuss the security procedures on that film, which recently began shooting. Mr. Nolan isn’t the only filmmaker whose scripts are guarded like nuclear launch codes.

High costs, excessive licencing fees, limited availability, region locks, DRM the list goes on. Sooner or later youll figure out youre creating barriers to sales and not providing a product. Anon Sooner or later youll figure out that as the creator/owner these decisions are theirs to make about their merch and marketing plans and not your own. As a lawful consumer you can buy or pass. And if you pirate they will hunt you. If you dont like this situation create your own products or stick to the cc stuff. Simple. MadAsASnake They arent having much luck on that hunting guest Sooner or later youll figure out that as the creator/owner these decisions are theirs to make about their merch and marketing plans and not your own. And sooner or later you will realise that all your efforts to combat piracy have done jack shit and continues to do jack shit. You are the one that is on the losing side if you believe that you will ever combat piracy. LOL sirip No, the decisions like that never existed. Value is only attached by a customer, it doesnt exist until a customer attaches the value to a product after experiencing it. In the digital world every product is a new experience, in the real material world every object consists of traits we have already experienced and hence standards exist and there is objectivity (sturdiness, material constitution, build). This is the difference between material and immaterial. In the real world the consumer is protected from a bad product by law and can via court negotiate for bad dealings and point to them. Quality is regulated.