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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Piracy Lawsuits Refilled in Minnesota

Piracy Lawsuits Refilled in Minnesota

Piracy Lawsuits Refilled in Minnesota

Added: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Anti-piracy outfit US Copyright Group (USCG) is keeping its promise and targeting settlement holdouts in the courts having proper jurisdiction. To be exact, USCG targets 2 BitTorrent users, for sharing copyrighted movies.


Nearly a year ago the anti-piracy outfit USCG started holding thousands of BitTorrent users liable for unauthorized distribution of indie movies like “Far Cry,” “Gray Man,” or “Call of the Wild.”

Previously, the group tried to lump many cases together in a single courtroom, saying that it is quite justified by the unique architecture of BitTorrent. In other words, it claimed that their inclusion in a single case can be done under federal law, the reason being that each BitTorrent user is part of the same swarm and the same transaction, liable for unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content.

Nevertheless, US District Judge refused to accept this argument, ruling that defendants from outside of her court’s jurisdiction can’t be lumped in the same case. Consequently, District Judge ordered the US Copyright Group to submit a revised list of BitTorrent users, containing only people her court really has personal jurisdiction over.

The USCG complied with the ruling early in December, reducing the list from 4,500 to only 140 defendants. However, even the revised list seemed to be quite questionable, as it still included IP addresses of individuals living in, for example, California or Hawaii.

Still, the anti-piracy outfit is keeping its promise to sue settlement holdouts. It was six months ago that the USCG announced it had enlisted the help of fifteen law firms throughout the country in order to start filing individual lawsuits against those BitTorrent users who have refused to settle in their respective areas. It needs to be said that the accused were suggested to settle out of court for around $1500. If the USCG gets no response, it promises that the penalties would go up further.

Recently the US District Court for the District of Minnesota confirmed that 2 lawsuits have been filed by the USCG – one for illegal sharing of the movie “Call of the Wild” and the other for some other movie.

While it’s still unclear what effect this will have on other BitTorrent users USCG still have IP addresses on file, it can be seen that the effort is more of a scare tactic to other settlement holdouts.

January 22nd ,2011

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Date:  Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-01-23 14:53:20)
No avatarUnfortunately, governments seem to have cottoned on to the idea of making money out of persecting file sharers, and as a means of MASS CONTROL.

It's bad enough, in fact stinks beyond belief when this is carried out by extremely filthy rich companies backed by filthy rich lawyers.

What a corrupt world we live in!!!!

posted by Blocked (2011-01-23 14:54:28)
No avatarAnd some parts of the world are less FREE than others....

posted by Turtle (2011-01-24 16:42:09)
D4T4 avatarI am so tempted to use Peer Block to block the USA. Even if it does slow everything down. In fact lets all block the USA. Including the US citizens. We don't need them. That should make these people scratch their heads and wonder.

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