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US movie studios sue file-sharing website Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:04 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major United States studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom.

Megaupload, which the US authorities shuttered in 2012, facilitated a "massive copyright infringement of movies and television shows", according to a statement issued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on Monday.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, all MPAA members, are Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, Disney Enterprises Inc, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. "Megaupload wasn't a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution," Mr Steven Fabrizio, an attorney for the MPAA, said in the statement.

The US authorities allege Megaupload cost film studios and record companies more than US$500 million (S$627 million) and generated more than US$175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material, such as movies and television shows.

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