Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Massive lawsuit campaign against US BitTorrent users coming


File sharing news website reported that a law firm by the name of US Copyright Group is preparing for massive numbers of lawsuit campaign against file sharers in the US, citing that 20,000 alleged file sharers has been sued with another 30,000 about to follow.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of a bunch of independent filmmakers, with the unofficial backing of Independent Film & Television Alliance. So far five lawsuits has been filed against 20,000 file sharers based on IP addresses handed down by ISPs. The interesting point to note is that this time the threats aren’t coming from the big trade groups like DigiProtect, Davenport Lyons and ACS:Law that operate in Europe, but smaller independent filmmakers and porn producers.

TechDirt, which also covered the news, writes

Of course, those involved are also touting this as a "revenue stream" and "monetizing the equivalent of an alternative distribution channel." That's a really stunning statement when you think about it. While I'm sure some independent filmmakers are happy to get some money, this is a scorched earth method of getting paid. This is putting a gun to people, based on little evidence, and forcing them to pay up.


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