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MPAA sifts through tracker logs for lawsuit ammo

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When popular BitTorrent tracker sites were targeted last December, some wondered if the tracker logs and other data would fall into the hands of the Motion Picture Association of America. The answer was revealed yesterday when the MPAA filed 286 lawsuits against US residents, and the information that led to the defendants' identification was obtained from torrent site logs.

So did the torrent site operators give up the goods? It looks like that may be the case, depending on how you interpret a comment made by an MPAA executive.

"Internet movie thieves be warned: You have no friends in the online community when you are engaging in copyright theft," MPAA Senior Vice President John Malcom said in a statement.

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