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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 20, 2003

Man sued in selling pirated DVDs

By Zenaida Serrano Espanol
Advertiser Staff Writer

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. is suing a Honolulu man in connection with allegedly selling pirated copies of the studio's motion pictures, including "The Matrix Reloaded," over the Internet, according to a court document filed yesterday.

The studio accused Michael Luis, also known as Marc Corbin, of distributing unauthorized video copies of copyrighted motion pictures within the past two years.

"For example, during the period of May 2003 to June 2003, the defendant, using the name 'sammegg33' on the Internet auction Web site eBay, offered for sale and sold unauthorized video copies in DVD format of the film, 'The Matrix Reload-ed,' " the document stated.

Luis could not be reached for comment.

The studio's piracy problem apparently isn't limited to Hawai'i. Pirated copies of the "Matrix" sequel were available to download online less than two weeks after the film was released worldwide, according to BBC News Online.

The studio was seeking an injunction against the conduct of Luis and "all of his representatives," as well as payment of damages the studio suffered and profits Luis made as a result of the infringement.