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Film Trade Group Files Anti-Piracy Suits

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 16 Nov 2004 21:53:43 -0500

By GARY GENTILE AP Business Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A trade group representing seven major movie
studios filed a first wave of lawsuits against individuals they say
are offering pirated copies of films using Internet-based peer-to-peer
file-sharing programs.

As part of a larger effort to combat piracy, The Motion Picture
Association of America also said it would soon make available a
computer program that sniffs out movie and music files on a user's
computer as well as any installed file-sharing programs.

The MPAA announced the federal court suits Tuesday, but did not say
how many defendants were sued or where the lawsuits were filed. The
group also did not immediately make available a copy of the complaint.

One lawsuit, obtained by The Associated Press, targets 18 individuals
and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Missouri in St. Louis.

Other lawsuits are believed to have been filed in New York,
Philadelphia and other areas with large concentrations of high-speed
Internet customers. Such connections are required to download the
massive movie files.


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