The major motion picture studios on May 12 filed copyright infringement lawsuits against six popular BitTorrent Web sites, targeting those that specialized on pirating small-screen fare. The Motion Pi

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The major motion picture studios on May 12 filed copyright infringement lawsuits against six popular BitTorrent Web sites, targeting those that specialized on pirating small-screen fare. The Motion Picture Assn. of America claimed that it was the first time copyright holders have gone after sites that specialize in TV shows.

An Internet-monitoring company called Envisional reported recently that TV show piracy increased 150% in the past year, the MPAA said.

BitTorrent, Direct Connect and eDonkey network computer servers function as the "traffic monitors" for material swapped on peer-to-peer services.

This marks the fourth round of lawsuits filed by the MPAA and its member companies.