Another Mass Copyright Lawsuit DismissedAdded: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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The German-based company DigiProtect launched a mass lawsuit against hundreds of suspected file-sharers in December 2010, but today some of its cases have been orally dismissed.
Actually, since early 2010, many copyright owners have sued thousands of file-sharers who were allegedly involved in copyright infringement. The scheme is simple as it is: rights owners file mass lawsuits to reveal the identities of the suspected infringers, and later offer them to settle for a few hundreds of dollars.
The scheme has been copied from German and UK attorneys who managed to make millions with such settle offers at low cost. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom the tide is slowly turning with judges increasingly ruling in favor of the defendants. In the United States a similar pattern is currently emerging: for example, the USCG dropped thousands of suspected BitTorrent file-sharers due to a lack of jurisdiction.
Today DigiProtect seems to join the team of those who failed with the “pay-up-or-else” scheme. The company itself is not actually a rights owner, but is engaged in licensing movies and music for P2P distribution. In other words, it’s a license to sue.
Today DigiProtect’s case against 266 suspected file-sharers is reported to end. An attorney of one of the defendants said that the case has been “orally” dismissed by the judge. Although he didn’t specify the grounds the case had been dismissed, he hinted that the judge was quite upset over the jurisdiction issues along with the improper joinder issues.
So, the official reason for the dismissal is not yet known, because the related paperwork has yet to be filed. Still, it’s beyond doubt that this event is yet another setback for the mass copyright lawsuits filed across the country.
Meanwhile, the second mass lawsuit filed by DigiProtect seems to be in the same jeopardy due to improper joinder and jurisdiction issues. Currently anyone involved in the case is recommended to not sign any settlement agreements. Meanwhile, DigiProtect continues the game, even involving Comcast, which felt to be pressured too hard by DigiProtect to reveal subscriber information. Currently DigiProtect is going on pursuing settlements, even after the lawsuit has been orally dismissed.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
January 27th ,2011Posted by:
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
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|Problem with these Vultures is your credit... If you refuse to settle and they someone report your refusal as a debt owed to the credit bureau, How do you get rid of it? because that is most likely one of their threats||
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