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Big Studios Sue Web Sites to Stop Movie Copying

Big Studios Sue Web Sites to Stop Movie Copying

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A group of major movie studios have filed a lawsuit against Web Site operators working through Internet service providers in Sandy and Atlanta.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday in U-S District Court in Salt Lake City.

The studios are accusing the Web Site operators of two BitTorrent sites of allowing thousands of popular movies and television shows to be illegally copied and distributed.

The suit said visitors allegedly can pick a movie or T-V show from lists on the sites and copy it to their computer with a click of the mouse. Once copied, the material can be viewed, burned to a D-V-D or distributed to someone else.

The identities of the operators are unknown. However, because one of the sites uses a Sandy host, the lawsuit said, they might be Utah residents.

The movie studios are seeking an order barring the defendants from providing any assistance in the unauthorized copying of their copyrighted works and unspecified damages.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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