Even though the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is being sued by TorrentSpy.com claiming the MPAA hired a hacker to spy on their computers, that hasn’t stopped MPAA from filing lawsuits against individuals who swap movies.
The worldwide motion picture industry said it lost $18.2 billion in 2005 as a result of piracy and over $7 billion of that they said is due to internet piracy.
In July, Kazaa peer-to-peer software makers Sharman Networks settled piracy suits and agreed to pay more than $115 million in penalties to leading music and movie companies. Sharman Networks “Kazaa” stated that it would begin to offer licensed entertainment for a price similar to Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes service.
In November 2003, Independent Feature Project chapters in New York and Los Angeles also filed a lawsuit against the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The group was seeking a restraining order to prevent the MPAA from enforcing its ban on awards screeners and hoping to win a ruling that would allow the distribution of screeners to all guilds, critics groups, and other organizations.