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Warner Bros and BitTorrent team up for legal downloads

May 11th, 2006 · No Comments

It’s an unlikely marriage. Warner Brothers, the definitive Hollywood studio and BitTorrent, the world’s most popular file-sharing service, have signed a deal to distribute movie downloads legitimately, beginning this Summer.
The move, which comes on the anniversary of the historic MGM vs Grokster legal battle, will make 200 titles available over the net via the peer2peer net. Content will stretch from big budget movies to vintage TV shows.
Confirmed in the download catalogue are Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, Tim Burton’s The corpse bride, The Dukes of Hazzard, North Country, The Matrix, Dog Day Afternoon, Natural Born Killers, Babylon 5, Vegas Vacation and Rumor Has It. Countering criticisms that legal downloads have been priced too high Warner says some of its downloads will cost as little as a Dollar.
Kevin Tsujihara, Prez of the Warner Home Entertainment Group says the company had little choice buy to try and convert the BitTorrent audience to legitimate use. “It has such a huge audience. So we have to give our consumers the ability to buy and use our products the way they want to. BitTorrent has made the leap in creating a legal partnership that respects the value of the intellectual property. This has provided us with an elegant platform for the distribution of our films and TV programmes.”
When a file has been downloaded, the user has to pay a fee to ‘unlock’ the code. Once done, the file could be burnt to a DVD, although DRM would prevent the unlocked movie from being uploaded.

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