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2010-02-12 07:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- DrivingSales (www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry's leading social media platform and largest online community, today announced award winners in the first annual DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards. The Awards measure dealer satisfaction with vendors by allowing dealers to publicly rate and review their vendors in a real-time, anonymous - yet verified - setting. Vendors who achieve the highest rankings in dealer satisfaction, as determined by...

2010-01-22 14:22:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the Top Ten movies of 2009 in North America based on consumer spending from each key movie distribution platform including theatrical box office, home video sell-through, home video rental and transactional video-on-demand (VOD). Cross-platform insights include: Five of the Top Ten theatrical box office movies of 2009 (North America) are also included in the Top Ten selling DVDs of...

2009-08-13 10:25:00

RealNetworks has been ordered by a U.S. judge to cease sales of its DVD copying software that film studios argued could be used as a tool by pirates to create bootleg copies of films, AFP reported. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel in California handed down the injunction to RealNetworks on Wednesday. The Seattle-based digital media specialty firm said in a release: "We are disappointed that a preliminary injunction has been placed on the sale of RealDVD. We'll determine our course of...

2009-06-03 10:55:34

A black Labrador, trained to sniff-out DVDs, has discovered a cache of 35,000 DVDs in Malaysian warehouses, industry officials announced on Wednesday. The pirated discs were likely intended to reach Singapore, officials from the Motion Picture Association (MPA) said in a statement. The pup, named Paddy, led officials on the hunt to uncover the large cache of illegally copied DVDs. Paddy has been trained to seek out the scent of chemicals found in the discs. "Paddy led enforcement officers on...

2009-05-07 16:38:00

Honorees will headline opening night of the inaugural Politics on Film festival WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) announced today it will present the first annual Leaders Award to Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA). The award will be presented at this evening's Opening Night Party of the Politics on Film festival, which will be hosted by Mrs. Mary...

2009-05-05 11:10:00

A San Francisco court could decide this week if DVD users can make personal backups the way people do with audio, as the six big film studios are claiming that a program called RealDVD violates copyright, BBC News reported. Bill Hankes of RealDVD said the consumer should have the same fair use rights to copy DVDs just as they have for the last decade with music. The RealNetworks-produced digital copying program allows DVD owners to create digital copies of their discs for their own personal...

2009-04-24 13:13:28

Hollywood is taking on RealNetworks Inc. to federal court on Friday after claiming its DVD "ripping" program is an illegal digital piracy tool, the Associated Press reported. But RealNetworks is arguing that its $29.99 software that allows DVDs to be easily copied to computer hard drives is legitimate. The movie industry suggests that consumers will quickly lose interest in paying retail for DVDs that can be rented cheaply, copied and returned should RealNetworks continue to be allowed to...

2009-03-31 10:05:28

Bruno, the new comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen, would earn an NC-17 rating in the United States if submitted in its current form, insiders say. Cohen won a Golden Globe for his work in the controversial R-rated 2006 film Borat. An NC-17 rating means no one under the age of 17 will be admitted to screenings and some theaters may refuse to show the film. The Hollywood Reporter emphasized that a final cut of the movie hasn't been officially submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America's...

2009-02-06 06:40:00

Hollywood may at last be joining the ranks of Napster and other companies who are fighting back in the battle against what some companies call "digital theft." Media companies say that piracy is fast becoming a mainstream pursuit.  This digital looting comes at a time when sales of DVDs, a large percentage of film studio revenues, are trending downward.  Indeed, in 2008, DVD shipments plunged to their lowest levels in five years.   Executives are now concerned that the...

2008-10-10 09:00:35

The following DVDs will be released Tuesday: -- "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (IFC Films, $24.95) -- * 1/2-- A well-acted but somewhat disturbing Romanian drama that broaches the abortion issue. Romanian with subtitles. Not rated, probable R (profanity, brief nudity, drugs, brief gore, brief sex, slurs) -- Jeff Vice, Deseret News -- "The Edge of Heaven" (Strand Releasing, $27.99) -- ***-- A European drama about strained parental relationships, featuring some very strong performances and...

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