In another Napster-like scuffle, US movie studios and recording companies have sued a website that allows users to swap music and movie files online.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have filed a copyright infringement suit against Scour.com
At issue is Scour Exchange, which lists members and the movies and music files they hold on their hard drives. As with Napster's server, members use the list to locate and download their specified digital files.
MPAA president JackValenti alleges that Scour.com knowingly facilitates the piracy of digital media. He said: "This is very simple. Scour is Napster with movies."
Scour president Dan Rodrigues said he was surprised by the lawsuit because he had been holding "productive" talks with industry giants, Sony, Warner and BMG about establishing business relations. He also said Scour has licensing agreements from Miramax and HollywoodRecords, both of which are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
The MPAA has not put a final price tag on its suit but said it could seek actual damages or statutory damages of $150,000 per movie download. It also wants an injunction blocking the trade of any copyrighted material through Scour.
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