Warner Bros. Entertainment and WV Films III is suing Carmine Caridi and Russell Sprague for illegally distributing the movies "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" on the Internet.

NEW YORK--Warner Bros. Entertainment and WV Films III is suing Carmine Caridi and Russell Sprague for illegally distributing the movies "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" on the Internet.

In a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, Warner alleges that Caridi gave Sprague VHS "screener" copies of films that were under consideration for the 76th annual Academy Awards.

The duo used the screeners to produce and distribute copies of the films in VHS and DVD formats and posted digital files of the films on the Internet, Warner alleges.

The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction and an undisclosed amount in damages.

Case: Warner Bros. Entertainment and WV Films III v. Carmine Caridi, Russell Sprague and Does 1-10

Filing counsel: Andrew M. White and David E. Fink, White O'Connor Curry & Avanzado, Los Angeles.

Cite: US CD California 04CV590

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