Film Studios File First Wave Of Lawsuits Against Alleged Online Pirates

Law360, New York (November 17, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Taking a leaf from the music industry’s book, film studios have filed what they call “the initial wave of lawsuits” targeting online traders of illegally copied films in courts throughout the U.S., the Motion Picture Association of America said.

The civil suits against individual infringers cover copyright violations on major “peer-to-peer” networks and seek damages and injunctive relief, the MPAA said.

Individuals face the threat of up to $30,000 for each motion picture illegally traded over the internet, and as much as $150,000 per motion picture...
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