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Piracy still plagues Oz teen drama

More than two years after Circle of Lies had its North American premiere in Canada on iTunes and cable systems, the producers are still battling to stem the illegal downloading of the teen drama.

When director Matt Cerwen.s film launched on iTunes 11 days later in the Us, the executive producers believe the title had already been viewed more than 350,000 times. Now they estimate the worldwide figure is 1.35 million.

.For a small budget Australian film this is a financial disaster,. John Kearney, who executive produced the independently-financed film with Ian Kirk and David Field, tells If.

.If those illegals were legal at, say, $1.90 per time (average return to the production company) then there would be reason to smile. Ian Kirk has issued seven take-down notices to YouTube and there could be more very soon..

A former head of Film Victoria and Crawford Productions, Kearney takes issue with a recent Choice

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