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"Mosfilm" sued U.S. video pirates

June 5 2006

In the United States were first protected in the courts copyrights film studios Mosfilm "and" thumbnail ".

This unprecedented trial began in spring 2002. Claim of copyright protection was filed against the well-known U.S. distributor of Russian-speaking video and audio "Book House St. Petersburg, as well as personally by its owners Joseph Berov and Natalia Orlova.

The plaintiffs were an American company Close-Up International, which is the exclusive representative in North America, the largest Russian film studios, kinoobedinenie close-up and Film Concern Mosfilm. The lawsuit also supported the "thumbnail", but the studio was not an independent participant in the process.

The case was tried in federal district court of the Eastern District of New York. The judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs. Until the end of August a jury will decide on the amount of compensation that the defendants must pay the plaintiffs. The maximum amount of penalty in the U.S. for one case of willful copyright infringement can be up to 150 thousand dollars for each movie. The court found a violation of the rights to 383 movie, "Vesti".

"We appreciate the court's decision as a great achievement, - said the president of Close-Up International Ghanem. - First in America are protected by copyrights film studios Mosfilm" and "thumbnail." Until 2000, the U.S. market for Russian-language film industry was in fact illegal. Since the beginning of the process, much has changed : "gray" distribution companies began to turn to Russian owners with requests to purchase the rights to produce ".

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