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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

State attorneys general urge swift action against online piracy

State attorneys general across the country called on Congress to act on legislation that would crack down on websites trafficking in pirated products, including bootleg movies and TV shows.
"A growing number of rogue websites are based overseas, presenting law enforcement with unique enforcement challenges,'' said the letter to Congress from 42 attorneys general from Kansas to Hawaii. "We are therefore extremely pleased that in Washington, D.C., both the House and the Senate have turned their attention to this major problem."
The letter continued: "Legislation is needed to disrupt the counterfeiting and pirate business model by cutting those sites off from the American marketplace."
The statement comes a few days after Democratic and Republican Senate Judiciary Committee leaders introduced a bill that seeks to rein in rogue websites dedicated to the sale of counterfeit products, including movies and television shows. The House is weighing preparing similar legislation.
--Richard Verrier 

Even the big boys have tech problems in their presentations..

Turner to Ad Executives: Please Stand By

Turner Broadcasting, aiming to make a splash in the middle of the broadcast network upfront week, fell quite a bit short on Wednesday when its upfront presentation became a disaster of epic technical proportions.
Clips of series froze or didn’t play at all or played with sound that didn’t match the video. The snafus first cut off Conan O’Brien as he finished a comedy routine that already mocked his network for its reliance on repeats.
After about 10 minutes of what amounted to dead air, the presentation was forced to rely on the top Turner program executive, Steve Koonin, who got big laughs making fun of the technical failures — and implying the networks would save some money after some heads roll.
The presentation finally started up again, but failed two more times. By then a stream of advertisers with better things to do headed for the exits.