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FEARING PIRACY, CHINESE HALT ‘SPEED’ TV SCREENING

In the latest sign of the Chinese government’s willingness to crack down on piracy, Shanghai Television agreed to yank the planned June 7 screening of “Speed.”

The Motion Picture Assn. urged Chinese authorities to prevent the illegal screening which, had it gone ahead, would have preempted the cinema release of the 20th Century Fox film.

As soon as he learned the Shanghai web planned to air the film, Michael Connors, MPA senior VP Asia/Pacific region based in Singapore, alerted his Beijing office, who made representations to the state council, the Chinese cabinet.

The council’s intellectual property protection unit must have acted swiftly, because 1 1/2 hours later the MPA was told “Speed” had been shunted off the schedule.

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