Brussels - The Hamburg District Court has ordered an injunction against CB3Rob Ltd & Co KG (Cyberbunker) and its operator, Mr. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, restraining them from connecting The Pirate Bay site to the Internet. The injunction application was brought by the Motion Picture Association's member companies.

If the defendants fail to comply with the order, they will be subject to a fine of up to € 250,000 for each instance of infringement or, if this cannot be enforced, up to two years imprisonment for the operators of Cyberbunker.

This landmark decision is the first time a German court has confirmed that a provider of Internet routing services can be held responsible for copyright infringement. The court ruled that Cyberbunker could reasonably be expected, following warning notices from the MPA, to prevent access to The Pirate Bay.

The court further ruled that provisions of the E-Commerce Directive on which Cyberbunker sought to rely (the ‘mere conduit' defense) were not available in the circumstances.

This injunction against Cyberbunker usefully supplements the criminal conviction last year of The Pirate Bay operators for copyright infringement in their home territory of Sweden. Litigation is continuing against other facilitators in Sweden who are hosting trackers.

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OMAHA, Neb.-- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today that it has been selected to provide 200 NEC digital cinema projectors for China Film Group Corp. in theatres throughout The People's Republic of China (PRC). Ballantyne expects to make initial shipments of 50 projectors in the second quarter of 2010, with the balance of the order to be shipped later this year. The new agreement follows a 100-projector order completed in Q2 ‘09 and a 160-projector order completed in Q1 ‘10.

John P. Wilmers, President and CEO of Ballantyne, commented, "We are gratified that China Film Group has expanded its commitment to Ballantyne and our NEC projector line with this, their largest order to date. As we have previously stated, China is a very attractive market opportunity for Ballantyne and our partner, NEC. With approximately 6,000 cinema screens currently, the PRC is focused on rapidly growing its theatre and screen footprint to as many as 12,000 or more screens in the next three-five years. We look forward to supporting China Film Group in bringing digital cinema to a growing number of Chinese consumers. We are also working on plans to bring our cinema screen products, including specialty ‘silver screens' required for most 3D cinema methods, to serve the needs of this growing market and hope to initiate that effort in early 2011."

Ballantyne has a sales and full-service office in Beijing, China and plans to open an additional office in Shanghai later this year.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Sony Pictures Releasing today announced that Resident Evil: Afterlife, the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the popular film series based on the video game, will be released to digital IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on September 10, 2010. The film, which was photographed in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology and presented in IMAX(R) 3D. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

"In 3D, fans of Resident Evil will have a whole new way to enjoy this next exciting chapter, and we're delighted that audiences will also have the opportunity to experience the film in IMAX 3D at digital IMAX locations, where they will feel like they are virtually in the movie," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing.

"Our ability to include Resident Evil into the IMAX lineup for 2010 is a direct result of the growing IMAX theatre network, and we're excited to work once again with Sony Pictures to reach the vast fan-base for this series," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment is growing with our digital theatre network, and we're looking forward to continued success with them as we open more theatres, release more event films and expand our audience globally."

"The Resident Evil series and IMAX share a key common ground -- fanboys," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're very excited to add this movie to our lineup to offer the millions of loyal Resident Evil fans a chance to experience this next chapter in IMAX 3D."

 

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MORRISTOWN, NJ, and Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced the signing of six CBG member exhibitors, representing 94 screens, to its 10,000 screen Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program. With these recent screen additions, Cinedigm will have contracted almost 400 CBG-member screens to participate in Phase 2. All of the members of the National Association of Theatre Owners' (NATO) Cinema Buying Group (CBG) are eligible to work with Cinedigm using a master license agreement developed especially for CBG members. The CBG represents more than 600 members that collectively have over 7,000 screens.

Cinedigm has helped create several financing options in its Phase 2 digital cinema deployment program, which provide opportunities for smaller exhibitors to participate. In addition to vendor sponsored options, such as Barco's Deliver Digital program and NEC's NEC-Financial, EFA Partners and Infuse Commercial Capital joined to develop a unique SBA-guaranteed loan program for small exhibitors. All of these programs are designed to support exhibitors that want to pursue the self-financing option under Cinedigm's Exhibitor-Buyer deal structure. Under this plan exhibitors select and purchase Cinedigm CertifiedTM fully-networked digital cinema systems and Cinedigm manages the reporting, billing and collection of VPFs from movie distributors, receiving fees for doing so. Cinedigm and the CBG have system supply and service arrangements with Barco, Christie, NEC, as well as with a growing number of local and regional dealers and service providers.

AJAY Theatres, based in Memphis, Tennessee, already a customer of Cinedigm's screen advertising business, UniqueScreen Media, is the largest of the six with 56 screens in four locations. AJAY will be purchasing Cinedigm Certified digital cinema systems including Barco projectors for all 56 screens. Other independent exhibitors include: West Orange 5 with five screens in Ocoee, Florida; Athena Grand with 11 screens in Athens, Ohio; Great 8 Cinema with eight screens in Union, Missouri; Sullivan 6 Cinema with six screens in Sullivan, Missouri, and Keystone Cinema with eight screens in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Bill Campbell, CBG Managing Director commented: "The CBG team has worked hard with Cinedigm to create the opportunity for independent exhibitors to gain the benefits of digital cinema technology for their theatres. Our members get the same advantages as larger exhibitors while utilizing the unique and flexible financing options available in the Cinedigm Phase 2 deployment program. Knowing that they will be able to participate in the future of bringing digital movies and alternative content to their loyal customers is extremely gratifying."

"Digital cinema is a unique opportunity for all exhibitors, regardless of how many screens they operate, who want to grow their businesses in the coming years. Cinedigm is proud to have been chosen to work with the CBG and its members to bring our Cinedigm Certified networked digital cinema systems to independent theatres across the country. The flexibility created via digital cinema not only enables feature movies to be more easily delivered and shown but also enables exhibitors to expand their programming with alternative content and special events. It definitely can enhance the future of the independent exhibitor who is looking to create an entertainment destination," said Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group.

Cinedigm provides the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema that facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. In April 2008, the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators, announced the selection of Cinedigm as the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG's 600+ members in the United States and Canada.

To date, Cinedigm has contracted for and completed the rollout of more than 4,500 systems in forty-one states with exhibitors including Atlas Theatres, Allen Theatres, B&B Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cinema West, Cinetopia, Dickinson Theatres, Emagine, Galaxy Cinema, Georgia Theatre Company, Great Escape Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, MJR Theatres, Movie Tavern, Neighborhood Cinema Group, Premiere Cinema Corp., Rave Motion Picture Theatres, R/C Theatres, Showplace Cinemas, Starplex Cinemas, Times Square Cinema, UltraStar, and Cinedigm's own Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre.

 

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Source: Deadline London

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren are set to return for a fourth installment of the Universal Soldier franchise, and it will reportedly be in 3D.

Lundgren is still a consistent straight-to-DVD draw, but his supporting turn in The Expendables this August should help him return to the world of theatrical releases. As for Van Damme, if he plays his cards right a comeback could happen for him as well. The actor recently poked fun at his image in the well-received flick JCVD.

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