The Motion Picture Industry Association Of America announced yesterday that it will begin filing copyright infringement lawsuits against people who illegally trade movie files over the internet. The first round of suits is scheduled to be filed on November 16 and have the potential of levying fines as high as $30,000 for each infringement and even $150,000 if that infringement is proven to be willful, according to MTV News.
"Illegal movie trafficking represents the greatest threat to the economic basis of movie-making in its 110-year history," MPAA President and CEO Dan Glickman told MTV News. "People who have been stealing our movies believe they are anonymous on the Internet and wouldn't be held responsible for their actions. They are wrong. We know who they are, and we'll go after them, as these suits will prove."
The MPPA, like the RIAA, actually just know these file traders by their IP address and will thus, again like the RIAA, will be using John Doe litigation against these infringers.
For most of us, I don't this think really matters, as trading full movie files over the internet is still not as prevalent as music sharing. However, the MPPA says that sharing on P2P networks is becoming a driving force behind the $3.5 billion a year bootleg DVD industry.
Oh, and don't worry. I don't think your libraries of 20 second girl on girl on midget on ponies clips are in jeopardy.