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Radford pair named in movie lawsuit

Radford pair named in movie lawsuit

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Two Radford residents are the subject of a lawsuit brought by the Motion Picture Association of America in its latest effort to root out the manufacturers and online sellers of bootlegged movies.

The copyright infringement suit against Denise and James Dabney was filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. It alleges that the pair sold such copyrighted titles as "Batman Begins" and "Napoleon Dynamite" on the Internet marketplace eBay.

They are not accused of manufacturing pirated movies.

Contacted at home Tuesday, a Denise Dabney of Radford said she and her husband are unaware of any such lawsuit and therefore could not comment.

The complaint against the Dabneys names Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. as plaintiffs.

It is one of six such lawsuits filed last week on behalf of MPAA members, which also include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Universal City Studios.

Each complaint also includes 10 unnamed defendants, which leaves the MPAA the option of targeting anyone involved in the alleged pirating operations who comes to their attention as the cases play out.

Other cases involve the movie titles "Walk the Line," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

The complaint against the Dabneys states that the copies they sold are obviously counterfeit because the packaging is different and the disk does not contain a legitimate file structure.

The lawsuit asks the court to immediately intervene to prevent further bootlegging. It also asks that the defendants pay undetermined damages.

Elizabeth Kaltman, a spokeswoman for the MPAA, said the association has filed 37 such lawsuits since November.

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