Wrong, That's How You Did It: Warner Bros. Sued For Pirating Anti-Pirate Software
Allegedly Warner Bros. is being sued by a German company for taking their proprietary anti-pirating technology and using it without permission. God, and they raised such a stink when I pirated 'Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove'. You outta be ashamed. Per the Hollywood Reporter:
The claim comes from a German company called Medien Patent Verwaltung. According to new infringement lawsuits filed against Warners, Technicolor and Deluxe in New York and Germany, MPV says that in 2003, it introduced the studio to a method of marking films with a distinctive code so it could track back sources of piracy to the exact theater in which an unauthorized copy originated. MPV says it has been trying to get Warners to pay for use of the technology since it allegedly began incorporating the invention in prints throughout Europe in 2004.
"We disclosed our anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. in 2003 at their request, under strict confidentiality, expecting to be treated fairly," MPV says in a statement. "Instead, they started using our technology extensively without our permission and without any accounting to us. However, we had taken care to obtain patents to protect MPV's technology, and we are now in a position where we must assert our rights."
Well, well, well -- the tables have turned, haven't they, Mr. and Mr. Warner? And not to start any sibling rivalry or anything, but I did catch your brother making out with your girlfriend. That goes for both of you. That's right, a love square. Now I'd be careful if I were you -- one minute you're bootlegging software,the next you're crossing swords (read: peeners) with your brother. Just sayin', pirating: it's a slippery slope.
Thanks to Francesco, who doesn't pirate anything but that booty. Well rope a ship's wheel to my back and let's do this thing!