May 20, 2005 03:22:02 GMT
The illegal copies of the final "Star Wars" movie have leaked to the internet just hours after opening in theaters
A video conficted to be the illegal copies of the final "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" movie have leaked on the internet, the same day the film opened in U-S theaters, or worse, just hours after its Tuesday opening in theaters. There are, at least, two copies of the film have been posted to the BitTorrent file-sharing network, a new and increasingly popular technology that allows users to download large video files much more quickly than that they can do in the past time.
Worst of all, Web site Waxy.org (http:/www.waxy.org) mentions that one print of "Revenge of the Sith" was leaked Wednesday before the film was even released in theaters. Due to this incident, there are more than 16,000 people currently downloading the film via BitTorrent. Thus, in order to prevent a larger leak, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has quickly going after Web sites that provide "tracker" links that enable BitTorrent downloads of copyrighted material, filing six lawsuits this week against sites with links to TV shows.