What do you mean you thought it was a good idea to draw up a contract?

If preaching about morals and personal responsibility is the Motion Picture Association of America’s strategy to demonize file-sharing, it might want to check its feet for clay. Or maybe the group belongs to the "ends justify the means" school of ethics. According to a lawsuit filed this week by Torrentspy.com, the MPAA allegedly hired a black hat hacker to break into its network and steal e-mail correspondence and trade secrets that it could use in its suit against the site (see "Save ‘AnotherAsinineMPAALawsuit.torrent’ to desktop?" and "Why are you picking on us? We’re just street-level dealers").  "The Motion Picture Association of  America willfully and intentionally obtained without authority, conspired to obtain without authority, purchased, procured, used and disclosed private information that it knew was unlawfully obtained through unauthorized access to Plaintiffs’ computer  servers and private e-mail accounts, in violation of United States and California  privacy and computer security laws," the complaint reads. "The Motion Picture Association of America  hired someone to obtain the information by any means necessary, and, knowing that  this information was illegally obtained, the Motion Picture Association paid  thousands of dollars for it, used it, and continues to use it, in a mistaken and misdirected vendetta against Plaintiffs." The MPAA, of course, denies the charges. It claims Torrentspy is using the suit "to obscure the facts to hide the fact that they are facilitating thievery." Torrentspy, however, reportedly has in its hands a written agreement signed by the hacker and an MPAA executive. "We have very significant proof of wrongdoing and the MPAA’s involvement," Ira Rothken, Torrentspy’s attorney, told News.com. "We think it’s ironic for the MPAA to claim that they are protecting the rights of the movie studios and then go out and pirate other people’s property."


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  • Eric

    Theres nothing ironic about that.

  • Tommy

    I think the MPAA executive who contracted for the service should go to prison. This is called conspiracy to commit computer trespass, which I believe is a felony and a Federal offence.