Copyright 2001 MediaForce Press Release

[ July 10th 2001 ]

MediaForce, a digital copyright enforcement firm specializing in Internet anti-piracy solutions, today announced the top ten pirated movies on the Internet for the month of June.

MediaForce's copyright enforcement service uses highly advanced anti-piracy technology to detect and deter theft of digital music, software, images, and movies on the Internet. Unlike conventional anti-piracy solutions, MediaForce's service scans the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week identifying websites, news groups, and peer-to-peer groups like Aimster or Gnutella that host pirated materials. MediaForce's patent-pending technology identifies pirated material regardless of a file's watermarking, compression methods or sampling rates.

Three of the titles on the Top Ten list - "Tomb Raider," "Shrek," and "Pearl Harbor" - are current box-office hits, with a combined cumulative gross of $542 million in box office receipts. The MediaForce "Top Ten" for the month of June is as follows, ordered by frequency of piracy:

Snatch (Screen Gems)

Pearl Harbor (Buena Vista)

Traffic (USA Films)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Paramount Pictures)

Shrek (Dreamworks SKG)

The Matrix (Warner Brothers)

Gone in 60 Seconds (Touchstone Pictures)

Hannibal (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Gladiator (Dreamworks SKG)

X-Men (20th Century Fox)

"The availability of first-run films on the Internet - including movies released to theaters as recently as three weeks ago - shows that the threat to the motion picture industry of digital piracy is very real," noted Aaron Fessler, Chief Executive Officer of MediaForce. The MPAA says video piracy costs the studios over $2.5 billion a year.

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