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BitTorrent Website Owners Facing Legal Challenge From MPAA

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

16 December 2004


The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on Wednesday announced that it has launched legal actions against more than 100 BitTorrent server operators.

BitTorrent and its counterparts Direct Connect and eDonkey have become increasingly popular with those seeking to share large movie files, due to their seeming immunity to industry attempts to infiltrate the networks with bogus files.

End users of the service are able to access movies by following the links offered by the targets of the MPAA lawsuits, and files can be shared by multiple users at the same time, unlike on the majority of P2P services.

Speaking on Wednesday, the MPAA's John Malcolm announced that:

"Today's actions are aimed at individuals who deliberately set up and operate computer servers and web sites that, by design, allow people to infringe copyrighted motion pictures. The suits, filed in the United States and Britain, targeted more than 100 server operations."

He continued:

"The initial wave of lawsuits targets computer servers that index movies for BitTorrent users, but the MPAA is going to take similar action against services that direct data for the DirectConnect and eDonkey file-swapping services."


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