Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated.

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter)--Motion Picture Assn. of America head Jack Valenti says film studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file-sharers through the courts if online film piracy continues unabated.

"We are not ruling out anything, as far as America is concerned," said Valenti, speaking in Cannes following an international piracy roundtable, which included several prominent film executives.

"If all of our efforts over the next several months do not show an ameliorization of this, we are not ruling out lawsuits. We have no plans to do that but we are not going to rule it out as an option," he added.

When asked whether legal action could spawn a commensurate backlash amongst file sharers, Valenti responded: "We are not coming down on students, we are coming down on students that are stealing property."

Representatives from France, China, Russia, India, Spain along with distribution executives, talent and local producers presented a unified front in the fight against piracy at a half-hour press conference following a closed door meeting at the Palais.