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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Hollywood settles preview DVD row
Mystic River
Mystic River is among the movies allegedly pirated
Hollywood film-makers have settled a long-running legal wrangle over preview tapes used to promote new movies.

In an undisclosed agreement, the major studios and independents decided to end a row which started in September when so-called "screeners" were banned.

The independents claimed this affected their ability to drum up support for the Oscars and generate revenue.

Motion Picture Association of America chief Jack Valenti said he was "pleased we have put the matter behind us".

In a recent statement, Mr Valenti said that it would be up to individual studios to decide how they would deal with the preview tapes issue.


He added that the aim had been to "ensure the survival and viability of this industry - for independents and non-independents alike".

In December, when the ban was overturned by a federal judge in New York, pirated copies of a number of films - including The Last Samurai - appeared on the streets.

Russell Sprague, 51, is set to be tried on charges of copyright infringement and conspiracy in Chicago.

Expelled Academy Awards voter Carmine Caridi admitted giving copies of preview tapes to the defendant.

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