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Hollywood Studios are looking for you (again)

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Hollywood studios filed a new batch of lawsuits against file swappers on Thursday mostly targeting those who frequently use Bittorrent technology. And, for the first time, the studio's lawsuits used the peer-to-peer file sharing companies' own data to track down individuals accused of trading movies online. The Motion Picture Association of America said it filed 286 lawsuits against people around the United States based on information acquired from file-trading sites shut down earlier in the year.

The lawsuits were filed using "John Doe" aliases based on the users IP address. The real names of the alleged offenders will be obtained through a later legal process. We just thought you might like to know what the MPAA was up to lately. File sharing of copyrighted material is not a good idea. Especially if you end up getting sued. So, be careful out there.