MySpace offers free copyright protection

MySpace has launched Take Down Stay Down, a new feature that prevents users from re-posting video content in the MySpace community after that content has been removed at the request of the copyright owner.

Sony creates social networking site

Sony is entering the popular social networking market with a website that combines the community elements of MySpace with the video aspects of YouTube.

Mozambique film receives Hubert Bals Fund support

The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) grants a total of 435,500 Euro to 33 film projects and initiatives from 23 developing countries.

Canada may ban camcording

Following the announcement by Warner Bros. that it will no longer preview screenings in Canada because of piracy, CanWest News Service reports that the Canadian government is planning to introduce legislation to make camcording in theatres illegal.

New GM at Waterfront Studios

Gary Edwards, former Finance Director for Saatchi & Saatchi joined Waterfront Studios this May as the new general manager.

European cinema sales increase in 2006

On the basis of currently available data, the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that around 862 feature films were produced in the 25 member states of the European Union in 2006, 47 films more than in 2005. This represents a 5.8% increase on the total for the previous year (815 films).

UK Film Council 2007 funding plans

The UK Film Council published its new funding and policy priorities from April 2007 - March 2010 on Thursday 10 May.

Moore in the news again

The controversial Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Farenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine) is being investigated by the US Treasury Department for possible violations of the US trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba.

Technicolor’s first 4k DI

The recently released Hollywood blockbuster Spider-Man 3 is the first film to have gone through Technicolor’s 4k Digital Intermediate (DI) process. The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina writes that the process was expedited at the company’s DI facility on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City.

Durban Film Fest promises cream of the crop

The 28th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will present a selection of the best in cinema from South Africa, Africa and around the world, most of which are premiere showings in this country.
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