New Pic Pirate Threat Looms in Far East

Proving that video piracy isn’t going to go away sooner or later, another website openly selling illegal DVDs has sprung up on the Web. And there’s a new wrinkle to the scam’the site is offering current blockbusters burned onto DVDs instead of downloads. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Charlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle and Finding Nemo are just three of the titles being made available for $12.50 each.

The offending site, Movieontheway1.com, operates jointly out of China and Malaysia, two countries that have been coming under increasing pressure from the U.S. to improve their copyright enforcement.

Tom Temple, director of worldwide Internet enforcement for the MPAA, says it won’t take long to shut the operation down. “These are two places where our takedown notices don’t get a lot of attention,” he said. “In these cases we undertake actual criminal investigations and raids.”

He added that the MPAA’s program in Malaysia is improving the situation there. In the United States, Internet service providers act quickly to remove sites as soon as they’re notified of infringing activity.

The MPAA says that it’s getting a lot of cooperation in its efforts from legitimate companies. DHL delivery service, for example, voluntarily chose to stop shipping optical discs out of Malaysia. Additionally, U.S. customs and excise officials are watching exports as well as imports.