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Two Georgia residents face federal lawsuits from Hollywood movie companies that are accusing them of downloading and distributing copyrighted movies for free over the Internet. The lawsuits were filed in U.S. District Court in Athens on Tuesday. Angel Campbell of Bogart, Ga., Kevin Garner of Monroe, Ga., are being sued for illegally swapping movies online using peer-to-peer software, according to a statement from the Motion Picture Association of America. Peer-to-peer software allows computer users to share files, such as movies, over the Internet. Campbell is accused of downloading and sharing the movies “Boogeyman” and “Saw”. Garner is accused of downloading and sharing 10 movies, including “The Bourne Supremacy,” the spokeswoman said, adding the two are not being accused of selling the movies over the Internet. The separately-filed lawsuits against Campbell and Garner seek an order from a federal judge that would require the two to quit using the Internet to download or distribute the movies and to destroy copies already downloaded. They could be liable for fines up to $150,000 per movie, according to a statement from the association. Garner is being sued by Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal City Studios Productions, Columbia Pictures Industries, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and New Line Productions. The suit against Campbell is from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Lions Gate Films. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, eight Californians were charged with involvement in the illegal release of “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” before the movie appeared in theaters. All eight defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court next month. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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