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New Study: Online "Cyberlockers" Facilitating Piracy

Happy "International Talk Like a Pirate Day," which can make for a bit of harmless office fun on a Friday.

Unfortunately, real piracy of the online variety is no laughing matter.  It costs the American economy billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs each year, and even threatens life and health through such things as counterfeit drugs.

This week, a new report was released highlighting the role played by online "cyberlockers" in facilitating worldwide piracy.  Entitled "Behind the Cyberlocker Door:  A Report on How Shadowy Cyberlocker Businesses Use Credit Card Companies to Make Millions," the report from Digital Citizens Alliance cogently introduces and explains the nature of this problem:

Rogue 'cyberlocker' operators peddling stolen content are making nearly $100 million…[more]

September 19, 2014 • 02:49 pm

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Wednesday, March 14 2012

A Michigan man, fed up with paying high prices for concession food, has filed a class-action lawsuit against American Multi Cinema ("AMC"), alleging the establishment grossly overcharges for its snacks.

Joshua Thompson filed the suit in Wayne County Circuit Court because he “got tired of being taken advantage of,” his lawyer, Kerry Morgan, told a local newspaper. “It’s hard to justify prices that are three and four times higher than anywhere else.”

In the suit, Thompson accuses the theater chain of contravening the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by overcharging for concessions.  In addition to a refund for customers, he seeks a civil penalty against AMC.  As evidence, he claims he paid $8 for a soda and packet of Goobers at the theater, but that he paid less than $3 for those products at a restaurant and drug store nearby.

AMC didn’t respond to media requests for comment.

—Source:  abcnews.go.com

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