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MPA suing website for film piracy

Briefs | 02/19/2008 6:09 pm EST

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) in Hollywood is seeking about US$1 million from a popular Chinese website in a film piracy lawsuit. The MPA accuses the Xunlei Networking Technology Co. of permitting users of its file-sharing service to download hundreds of movies from other websites, despite 78 warnings sent to the company by MPA lawyers. The organization accuses the Chinese government of fuelling movie piracy by limiting the release of foreign films in China. This is not the first MPA suit involving a Chinese company; in November the association sued Jeboo.com, accusing the site of providing pirated copies of 13 Hollywood films to a Shanghai Internet café. The MPA represents Hollywood studios Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal City Studios and Warner Bros.

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