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Hollywood acts tough with the internet `trackers'.

Hollywood movie industry giants have launched legal action to sue people who facilitate illegal film downloading.

The Motion Picture Association of America wants to stop people using the program BitTorrent to swap pirated movies.

The industry is targeting people who run websites which provide information and internet links to currently released movies like The Incredibles which have been copied or filmed in cinemas.

More than 100 server operators have been targeted in the actions launched in the US and UK, the MPAA added.

The suits were filed against users of the file-sharing programs BitTorrent, eDonkey and DirectConnect in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Finland and the Netherlands, the MPAA said.

BitTorrent users can download movies by following a link to files which are found on websites called trackers.

Unlike most peer-to-peer programs BitTorrent works by sharing a file, which could be anything from a legitimate digital photo to a copied movie, among multiple users at the same time.
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Date:Dec 16, 2004
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