MPAA files new film-swapping suits

Hollywood studios filed a second round of lawsuits against online movie-swappers on Wednesday, stepping up legal pressure on the file-trading community. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) also made available a new free software tool so parents can scan their computers for file-swapping programs and for movie or music files which may be copyrighted. The group said its lawsuits were targeting people across the United States, but did not say how many people were being sued.

“We cannot allow people to steal our motion pictures and other products online, and we will use all the options we have available to encourage people to obey the law,” MPAA Chief Executive Officer Dan Glickman said in a statement. “We had to resort to lawsuits as one option to help make that happen.”
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