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Georgia
October 5, 2011
Tbilisi Movie Theatres Sue Certain Internet-Portals
Tbilisi Movie Theatres Sue Certain Internet-Portals

On October 4 the largest movie theatres of Tbilisi Amirani and Rustaveli turned in a lawsuit against 7 Internet portals to the City Court Administrative Case Board.

The movie theatres request prohibition of posting of unlicensed movies at websites and reimbursement of material loss.  The given information was publicized at October 4 press conference in Amirani by the PR Manager of the movie theatres Irina Kilasonidze and the Chairman of the Authors Society of Georgia Giga Kobaladze.  Among the concerned Internet portals are:  gize.ge, allshares.ge, boom.ge.

According to Giga Kobaladze, the movie theatres have appealed for assistance to the Copyright Association of Georgia and the lawsuit has been worked out mutually.

"Movies Rambo and The Tree of Life are posted at Georgian websites illegally and without any license, which causes serious loss to the movie theatres," Kobaladze stressed.

Irina Kilasonidze refrained from naming precise amount of loss, but stated that "the loss is big."

"When purchasing a movie a contract obliges us to protest the copyrights, which is often impossible.  It may happen that they will not provide us any movies in future," Kilasonidze claimed.

According to the Chairman of the Authors Society of Georgia Giga Kobaladze, they have achieved agreement with some of the websites and the movies owned by the network of the movie theatres are not being posted any more.

"Agreement with some other websites has failed, which resulted in today's lawsuit," Kobaladze said.

Source: Media.ge

 

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