Calif. AG Tees Up Preemption Fight On Film Piracy

By Andrew Scurria (June 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT) -- The California attorney general's office is trying a new tack in the fight against digital piracy by bringing charges against the three men behind a streaming-video website, but prosecutors will have to reach into a bag of tricks to show they belong in the business of policing copyrights, attorneys say.

The U.S. Department of Justice has made headlines in recent years shutting down wildly popular file-sharing sites like Megaupload.com and NinjaVideo.net and winning criminal convictions against the operations' principals. California has now taken the unusual step of charging a trio of webmasters with theft over one such site, and experts say...

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