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Technicolor said it plans to fight the suit and denies any “allegations of willful copyright infringement.”
RIAA FIGHTS PIRACY
ON ITS HOME SHORE
Files Suit Against Technicolor
The RIAA filed suit against Technicolor, Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that the CD, DVD and cassette manufacturing company is copying and distributing pirated discs. The suit was filed in black ink on white paper.

It is alleged that Technicolor’s Camarillo, CA plant has illegally copied CDs from NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Lauryn Hill, Julio Iglesias and Marc Anthony among 164 specific songs. Damages could be as much as $150,000 per infringement, or song copied.

 In a statement, the RIAA noted that Technicolor is not allowing inspection of its books and facilities as required by the settlement of a similar suit in 1988.

RIAA SVP Business and Legal Affairs Matt Oppenheim said “The physical evidence connecting the Technicolor plant to these CDs is crystal clear, so our case is strong. We fear that the CDs we have filed suit on are only the tip of the iceberg.”

The statement also says that the RIAA has been trying to reach a settlement with the company over the latest charges. “It’s unfortunate that Technicolor has so far ignored our repeated attempts to reach an out-of-court settlement with them,” said Oppenhiem. “Especially because that means someone from our office has to drive out to Camarillo, and when the 101 backs up, that can take hours.”

In its own statement, Technicolor said it plans to fight the suit and denies any “allegations of willful copyright infringement.” The company said it "employs safeguards to avoid piracy, including obtaining written assurances that its customers hold the rights necessary for materials to be replicated." Technicolor said it bought the CD-manufacturing operation after that operation had reached the agreement to allow inspections, and Technicolor "had no part in that settlement."

Thomson Multimedia completed its acquisition of Technicolor last year. According to Technicolor the company processes more than three billion feet of motion picture film and produces approximately 250 million DVDs, 500 million CDs and 800 million videocassettes each year, though CDs represent less than 1% of its manufacturing output. Its clients include companies such as Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Vivendi Universal.

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