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MPAA plans to sue movie file swappers

[JURIST] Hollywood studio officials said Thursday that they will begin to file hundreds of lawsuits against individuals who file share pirated movies over the internet. According to MPAA head Dan Glickman, the decision to file lawsuits was not easy, but he hopes a preemptive strike will prevent online file sharing of movies from spinning out of control. The MPAA estimates that the industry loses over $3 million per year because of illegal movie piracy. The lawsuits, to be filed in late November, would seek civil penalties up to $30,000 per download and up to $150,000 for willful infringement. AP has more. The MPAA has its policy against anti-piracy online.

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