News reports say three Southern California men were charged with illegally posting on the Internet pirated copies of Hollywood movies, including Oscar nominees Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire and Paramount’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The trio were charged in separate cases and face a maximum 3 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. They are accused of posting the films at Web sites like thepiratebay.org, the world’s largest file-sharing site using BitTorrent software which allows users to download and share files in 34 languages for free. The site’s founders face charges in Sweden for contributing to copyright infringement.

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