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US judge orders websites to stop Expendables 3 film piracy

Published on Aug 12, 2014 4:54 AM
 
Cast member Sylvester Stallone poses for a selfie with fans as he arrives for the world premiere of the film The Expendables 3 in London on August 4, 2014. The film is scheduled to be released on Friday, but a pirated DVD-quality copy had already been downloaded more than 2.2 million times as of Aug 1. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Citing lost box office sales that are"impossible to calculate," a California federal judge has issued an order to stop the operators of several websites from distributing stolen copies of the upcoming film The Expendables 3.

The movie, distributed by Lions Gate Films, is scheduled to be released on Friday, but a pirated DVD-quality copy had already been downloaded more than 2.2 million times as of Aug 1, according to court filings.

In granting a preliminary injunction to Lions Gate, US District Court Judge Margaret Morrow said in a ruling in Los Angeles last Friday that the defendants "deprived both Lions Gate and many others of revenue that will be impossible to calculate because there is no way of knowing how many people would have paid to see the film" if it were not for the copyright infringement.

Lions Gate sued the operators of six websites that did not respond to requests to remove the film from their content.

 
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