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January 5, 2007

Albany - - If you like watching movies in your spare time, you may want to make sure you do it legally.

The Motion Picture Industry is filing lawsuits against people who log on to the Internet to illegally download movies instead of purchasing or renting them.

One of the lawsuits is being filed against Sara Shepard of Albany, seeking damages up to $150,000.

"Of course it has. I think it will continue to do it...I don't know why anybody would do it illegally. It's just stupid," says Cecil Dunn of Double D Video.

Criminal penalties for film piracy can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison and up to 10 years for repeat offenders.

We were unable to reach Sara Shepard for a comment.

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