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Broadband Content Bits: MPAA; Bebo-Paramount; Japanese Comics; CBS HD, Radio

MPAA creating movie site to fight piracy: The MPAA is developing a yet-to-be named site that will allow users to search for films to legally download photos, purchase box office tickets, or buy or rent DVDs. All major studios are expect to support the site in efforts to quash online piracy and Variety reports the site may link to any legit partner like Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX), Fandango, iTunes, or PlayStation. According to a survey the MPAA recently conducted online, names currently under consideration for the site include Movie Market, Red Carpet Flix, Film Depot and Flickz.

Bebo and Paramount unveil movie integration deal: Bebo and Paramount Pictures have made an agreement to integrate Paramount’s latest movie, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging in two episodes of Bebo’s Sofia’s Diary, one of which aired today. The episodes will feature the Bebo profile of the movie’s main character.

Japanese publishers offering Web comicbooks: A group of Japanese comicbook publishers have teamed up to launch Librica, offering comicbooks to fans online. Starting with content aimed at users of the Nintendo Wii, Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha and Shogakukan plus Tose Software is working on similar services for the Nintendo DS. Shogakukan, plans to bring comicbook content to Korean PC users by year’s end and is considering a mobile phone service, while Shueisha’s mobile initiative is scheduled for this fall.

CBS HD Gallery launches with shows: CBS (NYSE: CBS) launched its HD Gallery featuring hi-def full-length shows like CSI and NCIS. In other news, CBS Radio is hoping to boost its ad sales by adding video content powered by WorldNow and some of its New York stations. Possibilities include broadcast simulcasts, live concert performances, in-studio interviews, breaking news and original and user-gen content. Release.