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U.S. group wants Canada on piracy list

TORONTO — A consortium of U.S. content creators has urged Washington to blacklist Canada for serious intellectual property violations. The International Intellectual Property Alliance, in a letter Monday to the United States Trade Representative, urged the U.S. government to place Canada on a "Priority Watch List" along with China, Mexico, Thailand and other offending nations. An IIPA report spotlighted a recent wave of camcording of Hollywood movies in Canadian cinemas to produce bootleg DVDs, and Canada becoming "one of the world's epicenters" for piracy.

Altman tributes in works

NEW YORK — Several tributes have been announced for acclaimed director Robert Altman, who died in November. Film Independent has created the annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film's ensemble cast and director, beginning with the 2008 Spirit Awards. In addition, memorial services for the director have been slated for New York and Los Angeles. Altman's New York memorial service is set for noon Feb. 20 at Broadway's Majestic Theater. The Los Angeles service is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 4 at the DGA Theatre.

Nielsen pacts with DirecTV on interactive

NEW YORK — The Nielsen Co. and DirecTV Group Inc. have agreed to test new metrics to measure the daily viewing behavior of interactive television subscribers, the companies said Wednesday. To test the new system, Nielsen will use aggregated and anonymous data from a panel of 300,000 DirecTV interactive customers. The agreement is the first of its kind since Nielsen, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, created Nielsen DigitalPlus this week.