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A group of motion picture and recording companies filed a copyright infringement suit Wednesday against a network of firms offering Internet users free downloads of pirated music and movies.

The group of around 30 plaintiffs includes Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., Time Warner Entertainment Co., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Disney Enterprises Inc. They filed the lawsuit with the federal district court in Los Angeles against MusicCity Networks Inc. (www.musiccity.com) and other developers and distributors of the free services.

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