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Authorities shut down online network in crackdown on Internet piracy

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ ``The Force'' was not with them.

Federal authorities have shut down the Elite Torrents network -- an online file-sharing network that had the new Stars War movie before it was shown in theaters.

Authorities accuse the site of engaging in high-tech piracy.

Authorities say the network had more than 133-thousand members and movie titles that included ``Star Wars Episode Three -- Revenge of the Sith'' among its library of nearly 18-thousand movies.

Authorities served search warrants in ten communities _ including Anthem, north of Phoenix. The targets were computer users accused of being the first to offer copyright materials to other BitTorrent users on the Web site.
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