Middle East movie buffs missing out online

Lack of legal movie download service in Middle East hurting development of online service.

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By  itp.net staff writer Published  August 19, 2007

Internet users in the Middle East are losing out in comparison to their Western counterparts by being unable to pay for and download legal movies online, according to the findings of a forthcoming exclusive Windows Middle East report.

Due to film licensing restrictions, which tend to cover distinct geographical regions - most often the US and Europe - Western films such as Pulp Fiction or Shrek 3 cannot currently be licensed for online distribution to end users in the Middle East, meaning internet surfers here simply cannot download content legally online.

The Windows team discovered therefore that the only option available to film fanatics who are looking to download content here, is to employ peer-to-peer (P2P) software, which is itself most often used by surfers to distribute material illegally.

"Due to the paid-for movie download market still being in its infancy, and as such online distribution licenses only covering the so-called 'developed' markets, net users here in this region don't currently have a moral, legal means of paying to download their favourite films," commented Matt Wade, the editor of Windows Middle East.

Read Windows' full paid-for movie download report in the bumper-sized October issue of the magazine, on sale during September.

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