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Subtitles Might Be Illegal

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One may be very surprised when asked whether the movie subtitles may be illegal, but the industry now sees a new debate here. The matter is that an individual operating a subtitle file-sharing portal was scoped by the law a while ago.

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Norsub.com is a website which used to provide subtitles for films and TV shows. However, a Norwegian court of law believes that the website comes in conflict with copyright legislation.

The court ruled that the site operator has to close down the website and pay $2,500 for copyright violation, according to industry report. This precedent can show how the United States treat film and music studios subtitles as well. For some reason, the American entertainment industries subtitles are also falling under copyright legislation, because they are regarded as film scripts. As you might know, film subtitles in the file-sharing community usually come in the form of text files.

Worse still, these user-generated movie subtitles are regarded as the ones that infringe the copyrighted material, like any type of BitTorrent material today. In other words, if someone has decided somehow to translate a film in a language which is not currently available, he or she will be treated as a pirate and might face a lawsuit. Nevertheless, such cases were reported to be very rare until now.

By the way, a similar case actually reached the courts of the United States. This means that you should better think twice before translating a movie and create subtitles to help other nations understand the movie you like. Unfortunately, the courts seem to lack common sense.

thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article


Source: ET

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PiratMas20.67K • 16 Jun 2012, 05:46
This is crazy, it seems that everything turns for the worse these days. I am going to make my own petition one day and its going to be the best one in history for all the people(it is wishful thinking)
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johnno2316.27K • 16 Jun 2012, 08:19
ok.......just wanted to let everyone know up front I have copyrighted the FART......
so any fart done in public on a noise level of 2 to 10 is now my property. Pay me or go to jail.

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DominicS5651 • 16 Jun 2012, 18:15 Show comment
Then all these people have to do is pull a Vanilla Ice and change one word here or there. That way they are not infringing on anyone's "intellectual property" as they would have then created something "new".
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*CHIROX*6483 • 16 Jun 2012, 08:35 Show comment
They'll never take us alive!!!
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johnno2316.27K • 16 Jun 2012, 08:19 Show comment
ok.......just wanted to let everyone know up front I have copyrighted the FART......
so any fart done in public on a noise level of 2 to 10 is now my property. Pay me or go to jail.
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CancerKilla42.87K • 16 Jun 2012, 09:25 Show comment
coming from an ass that says a lot.lol

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JfiSG1nG3496 • 16 Jun 2012, 06:35 Show comment
despite some peoples common sense, it is the law, and is there for a reason. It's called intellectual property. It's only an issue if you're making money off it though. Norsub could have licensed the scripts in their translations, and paid a small royalty for other peoples original work. This is actually stealing no matter how you look at it. Releasing free subs on torrents is just how it is, pirating, and mostly ignored.
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PiratMas20.67K • 16 Jun 2012, 05:46 Show comment
This is crazy, it seems that everything turns for the worse these days. I am going to make my own petition one day and its going to be the best one in history for all the people(it is wishful thinking)
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RoughJustice32.88K • 16 Jun 2012, 05:18 Show comment
This is a joke, right? What next? will we have to pay someone a fee just to wipe our own asses in public restrooms? a case of politics gone overboard.
mad
The law has gone troppo - bloody stupid if you ask me. tongue
(I don't doubt your source by the way, but I reckon it's madness what they are doing.)
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