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Hollywood Studios Suing P2P Users, Again
Lawsuit Seeks $150,00 Per Download

The legality of P2P file sharing is once again being challenged by a group of Hollywood studios. This week, they filed a broad-based civil lawsuit against people who trade illegally copied films and TV shows on the internet.

The suit's chief complaint concerns lost revenue the studios assert P2P file sharing is responsible for. The studios claim they lose $3.5 billion worldwide in annual revenues from sales of illegally copied movies exchanged over the internet and black market.

The plaintiffs are seeking to impose $150,000 penalties, per download, to anyone who downloads protected digital files. The suit names the defendants as "John Doe," but officials from the plaintiff, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), declined to say how many suits were filed. The studios are represented by the MPAA and will take their message to the public during the Oscars this Sunday.

Broadcasting their message at the Oscars will highlight the studios' focus on the lose of artistic talent that file sharing reportedly creates. They argue that lost revenue from downloaded files means artists will be paid less to appear in movies resulting in a smaller talent pool.

MPAA chief executive, Dan Glickman, said, "When rampant online theft occurs, these films become that much harder to finance...we cannot and will not let that happen." MPAA officials said the comedy "Sideways," which is nominated for best picture, has illegal copies circulating on the Web. They said this was just one of "several" film being illegally copied.

Earlier this month, the MPAA filed lawsuits against computer networks using a software technology known as BitTorrent, but these new suits were against end users, or people who downloaded the films.

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