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[FYI] Think Napster -- only for movies


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Fri, 12 May 2000 15:27:23 GMT

Thanks to a new technology called DivX, the Web will soon be awash in 
illegal -- but perfect -- copies of Hollywood blockbuters  

If you think online music-sharing software like Napster and MP3 are 
causing a fuss, wait about six months. The World War of digital 
rights is welling up on the Internet. There's a new, easy way for 
pirates to trade illegally copied movies -- and black market film 
trading is flourishing. The method means anyone with a broadband 
connection to the Internet can download literally any movie they're 
looking for in as little as two hours. It has Hollywood, which is 
already on its heels in the war against piracy, sticking yet another 
thumb in the digital rights dam.  

Regular consumer wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a 
legitimate DVD movie and one compressed using the new scheme, which 
is called DivX. The movies are full screen, even          
widescreen, with full fidelity stereo sound.


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