CANNES, France, May 17 (UPI) -- Motion Picture Association of America chief Jack Valenti warned an audience at France's Cannes Film Festival about the evils of on-line film piracy.
Valenti said U.S. movie studios may follow their music counterparts in pursuing individual file sharers through the courts, if on-line film piracy continues, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
"We are not ruling out anything, as far as America is concerned," Valenti said after an international piracy roundtable, which included several prominent film executives.
"If all of our efforts over the next several months do not show an amelioration 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.
The trade paper reported that when asked whether legal action could spawn a backlash amongst file sharers, Valenti responded, "We are not coming down on students, we are coming down on students that are stealing property."