Monday, December 13, 2004

Hollywood Studios File Suit Against P2P Server Operators

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the major Hollywood studios, filed law suits in U.S. and U.K. courts against individuals operating servers that index millions of illegal copies of movies and TV programs used on computer networks such as BitTorrent. The MPAA said it is working with law enforcement and civil authorities around the world to shut down illegal servers on eDonkey and DirectConnect networks.

The MPAA is targeting "peer-to-peer" file-trading networks, such as BitTorrent, Direct Connect and eDonkey, which index files available for downloading elsewhere online. In addition to the legal actions in the U.S. and the U.K., the MPAA and local rights-holder organizations are also sending cease-and- desist letters to Internet service providers worldwide that host eDonkey servers and DirectConnect hubs.


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