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Monday, September 13 12:00 AM ET

Movie Industry Tries New Naming Conventions to Reduce Piracy

By Jonathan Hickman

Hollywood, CA – Some movie studios will begin naming all films using generic words and use sexual connotations if applicable, to make searching for illegal movie downloads more difficult for online pirates.

" The idea for this first came when Sony released the movie Triple X," said producer Albert Fisher. "I mean, can you imagine searching Google or file sharing networks for XXX? You'd never find it!"

Other major studios are following suit by changing titles of their upcoming movies. Some of the more notable entries are "Wicker Park" being renamed to "Woman and Man Make Love" by MGM, "Paper Clips" being renamed to "Middle School Girls" by Miramax, and "Stamp Swindlers" being renamed to "Criminal" by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.

Other studios will not use go the generic route, but will instead reuse titles of old films.

For example some new releases by Fox Searchlight include, "Babe In The City" (a movie about a young immigrant forced to work in New York sweatshops), "Men In Black" (the story of a middle-aged couple struggling with divorce), and "Toy Story" (the adventures of two lesbians trying to discover themselves) are just a few of the titles from movies that sound familiar but are being reused.

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The change is already causing some confusion for moviegoers. Chuck Jones from Richlands, VA, is pleased with the news. "I cannot wait to bring my children to see the next Toy Story. I hope it is as good as the last one!"

As an added measure, studios have requested that all cast and crew members be called Tom Smith.

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