5 Charged With Running Massive Movie Piracy Ring

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'Fifty Shades of Grey,' one of the movies that an international piracy ring allegedly stole.

The ring allegedly had a server in France that contained 25,000 files, including stolen movies, trailers, TV episodes and audio tracks.

A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran an international piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including Fifty Shades of Grey, Godzilla and The Walking Dead.

Wednesday's indictment alleges the men hacked computer systems used by Hollywood film production companies to steal digital files; recorded movie theater screenings and obtained copies of movies sent to industry professionals.

The ring allegedly had a server in France that contained 25,000 files, including stolen movies, trailers, TV episodes and audio tracks.

The men are charged with conspiracy, computer hacking, ID theft and copyright infringement. They live in the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. None are in U.S. custody but the U.K. resident awaits trial on similar charges there.