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MediaForce's Top 10 Pirated Movies for July

16 Aug, 2001 By: Hive News

MediaForce, a digital copyright enforcement firmspecializing in Internet anti-piracy, on Thursday announced the top 10 pirated movies on the Internet for the month of July.

MediaForce says it uses advanced anti-piracy technology to detect theft of digital music, software, images and movies on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- identifying Web sites, news groups and peer-to-peer groups that host pirated materials. MediaForce's technology is patent pending.

Three of the titles on the Top 10 list -- including Dude, Where's My Car? and Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon -- were released to home distribution through VHS/DVD within the prior three months, accounting for the widespread availability, says MediaForce.

The MediaForce Top Ten for the Month of July (by frequency of piratedcopies online):

-- Dude, Where's My Car? (Twentieth Century Fox)

-- There's Something About Mary (Twentieth Century Fox)

-- Charlie's Angels (Columbia Pictures)

-- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Paramount Pictures)

-- She's All That (Miramax)

-- The Devil's Advocate (Warner Brothers)

-- The Matrix (Warner Bros.)

-- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics)

-- Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (Paramount Pictures)

-- The Emperor's New Groove (Walt Disney Pictures)

The top five movies not yet in home release is as follows, by frequency of pirated copies available online:

-- The Fast and the Furious (Universal Pictures)

-- Hannibal (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

-- Shrek (Dreamworks SKG)

-- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Paramount Pictures)

-- Pearl Harbor (Touchstone Pictures)

"Piracy is not just about first run movies," says MediaForce president Mark Weaver. "People seem to be amassing libraries of their all-time favorites.

"For now at least," Weaver added, "the demographic appeal of the Top Ten seems to match the stereotypical profile of the cutting-edge Internet hacker. Although piracy of motion pictures is still in its infancy, theincreased availability of high-speed broadband access and more efficient downloading tools makethis an explosive problem for the motion picture industry."

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