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Belarusian National Television Airs Pirated Copy of “The Hurt Locker”

Mar 24 2011 - 13:48

The Belarusian state television wanted to mark this year’s Academy Awards by airing movies that had won Oscars in the past. One of the movies that they aired was “The Hurt Locker”, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2010. However, it seems that the TV station aired a pirated copy of this movie, downloaded from the BitTorrent website Interfilm.

Toward the end of the movie, a female voice interrupted the scene with the message “This release is created exclusively for Interfilm.ru”, which means that the Belarusian television did not obtain the film legally. Interfilm.ru is a Russian movie-pirating site currently involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The Belarusian state television representative stated that they obtained proper licenses for the movie through the Russian company GALA Media, describing the message referring to Interfilm.ru as “a technical error”.

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