UK Film Council asks for new measures to fight film piracy

January 2005

Film, Television, Record Labels, Music Publishers

The UK Film Council has asked for a register of car boot sales and market traders in an effort to stop pirate copies of new films entering the UK market, even before theatrical release in the UK. The Film Council have identified camcorder recording in cinemas as an ongoing problem but also point out that films are leaked from post-production houses and copied from critics review copies. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has substantially reduced the number of DVDs its voting members receive from film distributors for their Orange Film Awards in an effort to reduce the number of source DVDs in circulation. The Film Council have asked that market and car boot traders dealing in DVDs should have to register with Trading Standards 21 days before any sales are made. They have also asked that camcorder filming in cinemas becomes a criminal offence. The Federation of Copyright Theft (FACT) seized 314,000 illegal videos and DVDs in 2001, 607,000 in 2002 and nearly two million infringing copies in 2003. The Motion Picture Association of America estimate that 36 million illegal DVDs were sold in Britain in 2003 compared with 145 legitimate copies (which generated billion in sales). FACT says that the consequent loss of revenue from hard copy pirate copy sales alone was million.


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