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A trade group representing seven major movie studios filed a first wave of lawsuits against individuals they say are offering pirated copies of films using peer-to-peer file-sharing programs.

As part of a larger effort to combat piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America also said it would soon make available a computer program that sniffs out movie and music files on a user's computer as well as any installed file-sharing programs.

The MPAA announced the federal court suits Tuesday, but did not say how many defendants were sued or where the lawsuits were filed.