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Pirate "Simpsons Movie" tracked to Australia

Pirate "Simpsons Movie" tracked to Australia

Even the Simpsons version of me wouldn't download a cam copy.

The creator of the first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" got quite a surprise Friday when Australian police raided his home.

The 21 year-old Sydney man used a mobile phone to record the 87 minute film and then uploaded it onto the Internet.

"Within 72 hours of making and uploading this unauthorized recording, AFACT had tracked it to other streaming sites and P2P (peer-to-peer) systems, where it had been illegally downloaded in excess of 110,000 times, and in all probability, copied and sold as a pirate DVD all over the world," said Adrianne Pecotic, AFACT executive director.

The investigation, conducted by Twentieth Century Fox, Australian police and the private investigation group Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), only took three weeks since the film's July 27 opening to conclude.

The unnamed man will have to appear in court in October to be formally charged.

Someone out there please tell me this; just what is the point of making a crappy copy of a film and uploading to the Internet? Does it make your e-peen bigger or something? Please let me know down in the comments section or over in the forums.

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Spacecowboy92 20th August 2007, 16:28 Quote
If you have no friends to go the cinema with. Thats why.;)
slugs 20th August 2007, 16:30 Quote
i do wonder why people do post films via mobile. It must be some kind of prestige thing to be the first i guess. They should go after the people that posted the made up copies first. Not that i ever downloaded them only heard of them.
yakyb 20th August 2007, 16:31 Quote
sp. Sydney

errrmm why would anyone copy a movie using a mobile phone what a dick. i wonder what else he has done other than this movie
Mother-Goose 20th August 2007, 16:31 Quote
yeh by mobile phone....what is the point? I'd download it and be pissed at the quality!
Delphium 20th August 2007, 16:32 Quote
In the infamous words of one of the simpsons characters, Nelson.... "Haaa HAA"

( couldnt resist )
specofdust 20th August 2007, 16:32 Quote
Yes, the point is that it makes your e-peen bigger.

Although a mobile phone filmed cam? We're talking microns bigger here.
capnPedro 20th August 2007, 16:33 Quote
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Someone out there please tell me this; just what is the point of making a crappy copy of a film and uploading to the internet? Does it make your e-peen bigger or something? Please let me know down in the comments section or over in the forums.

http://xs118.xs.to/xs118/07341/simpsonsmovie-1.gif

1. Not everyone puts up crappy quality copies (that was released 3 days after UK release of the film and encoded to ~700MB Divx). Looks great on my SD TV; better than DVD.
2. Some people are just generous? Or just hate capitalism.

Oh, and that image was totally taken from a friend's PC. I don;t even like the guy. He's naughty. And I don't know anythign about him so 'questioning me' would be pointless.
chrisb2e9 20th August 2007, 16:34 Quote
I wouldn't bother watching it. unless i watched it on my cell phone. but even then, whats the point? I just paid the money and saw it in theater. It was worth it to hear how many people didn't get the jokes that required a bit of thinking to laugh at.
TheDean 20th August 2007, 16:35 Quote
"AFTERSHOCK!!!"

lol @ Sidney...haha
mmorgue 20th August 2007, 16:41 Quote
The only reason I watch such types of films is when:

a) the movie studios decide to release said in different countries at different release times -- I dont see why i should have to wait weeks/months just because I'm in Europe.

b) the movie studios are bickering over money and some old version of a movie *is not* available in my country/region on DVD. If the studios will not provide a copy of the movie then I'll get a copy (i.e, MST3k: The Movie)

Having said all that, I have over 700+ official DVDs in my movie collection. So in my opinion I reserve the right (once in a blue moon) to cross the line when the movie studios do not deliver as they should.

If the movie studios want to counter pirate copies, then update your business model to reflect the change in consumer desire and needs -- i.e., release movies simultaneously worldwide, release them on DVD/HD/BR at the same time, as well as online versions too. Do not expect the consumer to change!

EDIT: oh, and i do recognise there are morons who think they're 'cool' and 'elite' by making these pirate copies -- just sad, lonely people...
[USRF]Obiwan 20th August 2007, 16:57 Quote
I laughed my socks off when the simsons movie was released on the net, with dutch language, and dutch actorspeech, in perfect quality a week before the official dutch theatric launch.

I call that ownage!

I did not watch it though. I hate the simpsons.
Preti9cboi 20th August 2007, 16:58 Quote
What bittorent sites do you guys DL movies from? The ones i use have piss poor quality.
Kipman725 20th August 2007, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Preti9cboi
What bittorent sites do you guys DL movies from? The ones i use have piss poor quality.

best place to get stuff is IRC as bit-torrent basicly advertises to everyone on the torrent look I'm a wares pirate and is frequently slowed down by ISP's. With IRC you can get a file via http and thus no slowing down, If using https then the only person who knows you downloaded that file is the uploader. (and no I'm not telling you what servers and chans to go on - learn the hard way like everyone else)

but why anyone would waste their bandwidth on something like the simpsons movie is beyond me.
DXR_13KE 20th August 2007, 17:54 Quote
this remembers me a friend that was mad at me because i did not want him to lend me a French version of a movie that was filmed this way...... i was thinking "you poor little soul..... please go away".
xrob 20th August 2007, 17:54 Quote
i paid to and went to the simpson movie, i left in about 30mins, such a terrible movie.
Jamie 20th August 2007, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by xrob
i paid to and went to the simpson movie, i left in about 30mins, such a terrible movie.

I would say you can't judge a film by the first 30 minutes, but then, this was a pretty pants film.
eek 20th August 2007, 18:22 Quote
He recorded it on his mobile? That's some impressive battery life he must have!!
nakchak 20th August 2007, 18:40 Quote
Someone out there please tell me this; just what is the point of making a crappy copy of a film and uploading to the Internet? Does it make your e-peen bigger or something?

LOL, doubtfull
but saves you from snot gobbling out of control chavlings running rampage, the extorionate prices of food and drinks at the cinema, oh and if u smoke, u can enjoy the film without getting twitchy

never mind the whole i just spent £15 for a ticket, pop corn and drink and the film was crap, feeling ive had nearly every time ive gone to cinema.

heres an idea, why dont they just release the film as a divx? as well as to cinema?

anyways the simpsons film was terrible, but then what do u expect if you try and stretch a format of a show based on one liners and 20 mins of content, try watching a simpsons dvd back to back and tell me it doesnt drag on and on??
films that bad deserve to be stolen, make the assholes responsible destitute and hopefully they will never inflict them selves upon us ever again
Smilodon 20th August 2007, 19:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by mmorgue
<snip!> Do not expect the consumer to change!


Isn't this exactly what they should do?

The customers/market/technology changes all the time, but the industry seems to fall behind.
labr@t 20th August 2007, 19:03 Quote
where he's going its not the big E-penis he has the worry about its the large penis in the shower block that he should worry about! :)
sinkhead 20th August 2007, 20:41 Quote
For all these people talking about torrents, you should try Usenet instead. It's so much better, I get 250kbps almost constantly and you don't need to seed back, but it isn't free (but it's cheap)
completemadness 20th August 2007, 20:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jamie
I would say you can't judge a film by the first 30 minutes, but then, this was a pretty pants film.
i almost fell asleep during the film

i cant say i thought it was that great, i dont know where this guy uploaded the film, but tbh, hes not the only one who has gone into a cinema and videod a film before
I guess he just revealed a bit too much and they could get him for it ....
Nature 20th August 2007, 23:53 Quote
This is BS. ALL of asia doesn't respect copyright laws. I don't know matt groenning personally, but would bet everything I own that he wouldn't want anyone to be thrown in jail because of "illegally" downloading his movie.

As soon as it theaters it was on DVD here.
specofdust 20th August 2007, 23:56 Quote
Maybe Groening doesn't, but you can be damn sure that there are a lot of people who's job is it to maxmise profits that do want pirates thrown in jail. Groening's job is to make a cartoon, there are other people who's job it is to make that that that cartoon makes money. Those are the ones who want jail sentences imposed.
mikeuk2004 21st August 2007, 00:04 Quote
Regardless of the film, as with everything. To stop these guys there are 2 options.

1) Get rid of cinemas, as its a dying business with internet video, cable and satalite TV and DVD's with HD here now.

2) Lower the god dam prices. I mean it cost over £5 a ticket and if me and my wife go, then its not worth it as its going to cost over £10. We might as well wait 4 weeks later and get the DVD. At least then I can watch it again another time.

Cinema is far too expensive and everytime I have gone regardless of day or time, there has only been around 10 people max.
DarkLord7854 21st August 2007, 00:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Regardless of the film, as with everything. To stop these guys there are 2 options.

1) Get rid of cinemas, as its a dying business with internet video, cable and satalite TV and DVD's with HD here now.

2) Lower the god dam prices. I mean it cost over £5 a ticket and if me and my wife go, then its not worth it as its going to cost over £10. We might as well wait 4 weeks later and get the DVD. At least then I can watch it again another time.

Cinema is far too expensive and everytime I have gone regardless of day or time, there has only been around 10 people max.

7$ here, I find it well worth it, love the ginormous screen. Maybe you can afford HD and all, but I know I can't, nor will for a long time until prices drop to about 100$ to 300$. There are many many many people who can't afford big screen and HD either. Plus going to the movies is always a fun thing around here, specially with friends, it's a social gathering, so afterwards we hit Gameworks and grab a bite to eat, and everything.

I really don't see it as a dying business, specially with the IMAX theaters too, those are awesome.
Edvuld 21st August 2007, 02:37 Quote
I only go to the cinema on movies that I know I'll like. With all the crap that's beeing produced now, you can't go to a cinema, or even buy a DVD, because 90% of the time you just end up with a shitty movie annoying you standing in the book shelf. Heck, you can't trust the trailers either, they never ever reflect how good or bad a movie is. That beeing said, I buy the movies I like and feel like I could watch again, later when the prize is lower.

It would be cool if you could watch the first 30min of a movie for free, and pay for the rest or something =D
ZERO <ibis> 21st August 2007, 02:38 Quote
If anything putting that on the internet just made more people see the movie. They started watching this shitty quality thing b/c they were not going to see it anyways. Then they watch this crappy copy and go oh this does look funny I think I will go to the movies where I can actually see the movie.
supermonkey 21st August 2007, 04:13 Quote
It costs $8.50 per ticket at my local theater. And then there's the cost of a drink and popcorn.

I can't afford a full home theater either, so I do enjoy going to the theater. However, due to the rising ticket costs, I will only go to the theater for a movie that I think is "theater worthy." In other words, romantic comedies and other such movies that don't feature special effects are rented (thank you Netflix). I save the theater for movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or other similar movies that really benefit from the big screen and enhanced sound.

-monkey
Firehed 21st August 2007, 05:00 Quote
I go to the movies a good amount recently as I've had nothing better to do. Actually in honesty it's been better than usual, but it's still barely worth the cost of going once you figure in drinks and all that stuff. Plus fairly uncomfortable seats and stupid people with their cell phones out or whatever.

Having said that, I'll download something once in a while. And more often than not, I've already seen it - I just thought I might want to see it again and not have to leave the house to do so. Half the time I don't even watch the downloaded copy. I can think of a single time I've watched a downloaded copy and not seen it in theatres, and half the reason for that was not getting a chance to go. I want content creators to be rewarded for their work, but I don't want to get shafted either.
Jipa 21st August 2007, 09:47 Quote
I suppose the file was named "Simpsons.The.Movie_DVDRIP". The only thing that makes me wonder in this bit of news is that who the hell are the 110000 people that downloaded it! Maybe just to see quickly if the movie is worth going to the theater?
mmorgue 21st August 2007, 10:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by article

The 21 year-old Sydney man who uploaded the first known pirated copy of "The Simpsons Movie" was caught by Australian police this past Friday.

Thing is, checking the newsgroups, there's been copies up there with much better quality since July 29th... :|
Nature 21st August 2007, 13:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
Maybe Groening doesn't, but you can be damn sure that there are a lot of people who's job is it to maxmise profits that do want pirates thrown in jail. Groening's job is to make a cartoon, there are other people who's job it is to make that that that cartoon makes money. Those are the ones who want jail sentences imposed.

Regardless if there are corporate succubusses tied with the FBI and and other international policing agencies, it's a shame that the spirit of the simpsons is completely opposite of criminalizing people for viewing the show.

I don't know how to word it correctly, but I have grown up watching the simpsons since the tracey ulman show- to the begining of the network seasons- to the family guy era of slap stick no morale of the story type episodes and so on...

I just know the group that makes the show doesn't want people to go to jail, it's the huge and ugly company that wants to scare people into consumer submission..

AM I WRONG?????
DXR_13KE 21st August 2007, 13:46 Quote
they need a scapegoat.... or to make him an example for other people.... the thing is.... how did they track him?
ralph.pickering 23rd August 2007, 09:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by supermonkey
It costs $8.50 per ticket at my local theater. And then there's the cost of a drink and popcorn.

See - now that's why, in London, I almost feel justified in pirating the odd film, especially if I don't know it's one I'll like. Here it costs between £7 and £14 depending on which cinema you go to, and popcorn and a drink adds another £5-8.

Generally I wait till films come on DVD and then add them to my mail-order DVD rental queue. It costs a less than the price of a cinema ticket per month, and usually we can get around 8-10 dvds in a month if we send them back quickly.
[USRF]Obiwan 23rd August 2007, 10:23 Quote
Well i dont go much anymore to the theatre, First i have to pay 7 euro for a parking ticket, then 8 euro for the movieticket itself. 10 euro for snacks/drinks. (and i dont even mention the gasoline price) And then there are 'persons' (dont want to go racial here) that mess things up and ruining my pleasure of watching movie in the theatre.

I love the bigscreen and earthshacking sound. But to be honest i have 7.1 B&W thx feeded from a onkio thx systemt and a 42" plasma and when watching this, my neighboors cups fall out of the cupboards. So for bigscreen and earthshaking sound i dont have to go out of my house. Plus i can just lay down on the couch.

So for the cost of 2 hours of theater watching. I can buy the dvd, and watch it whenever i want, again and again.

And then they still dare to complain about thieft if i see all those first week boxoffice hits with brings in 300 mill dollars for a movie that cost a 100 mill. (half of that to pay overpriced actors) And thats not even counting the dvd release incomes and merchandise to come.

So check the income again over a year and they would have made 900 mill out of a 100mill movie. And still they complain about 800.000 people downloading bad cam movies, who would not go to the movie anyway otherwise they did not downloaded it in the first place...

Its ridiculous!
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