Warner Bros.'s Los Angeles-based video unit on Tuesday announced plans to sell movies and TV shows for legal downloads to BitTorrent Inc., which operates a Web site once blamed for enabling swapping of illegally copied films and programs.


In November, BitTorrent agreed with the Motion Picture Association of America to work with them to help stem illegal swapping of digital movies and TV shows by removing links to pirated copies. Executives from both companies said the MPAA agreement and BitTorrent's new digital rights management software were key elements in bringing the parties together.


Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., will make available at BitTorrent.com this summer more than 200 films, including hits such as "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and TV shows like "Babylon 5".


The shows will be available on the same day and date they are put on retail sale, but must reside on a computer drive and not be copied or burned onto a DVD.

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