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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Number of Mass BitTorrent Lawsuit Defendants Hit 100,000

Number of Mass BitTorrent Lawsuit Defendants Hit 100,000

Number of Mass BitTorrent Lawsuit Defendants Hit 100,000

Added: Tuesday, February 1st, 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
The number and scope of copyright infringement lawsuits filed in the US within the last year has approached a dubious milestone. Almost 100,000 defendants have been sued in the country within the last year, with new cases being filed at accelerating rate. Adult studios have particularly appreciated the profitable “pay-up-or-else” scheme involving tens of millions of dollars.

The trend is speeding up, and mass P2P lawsuits are having been filed throughout all the country, particularly by the companies producing adult content. These mass lawsuits work the following way: the rights owners are trying to reveal the personal details of the file-sharers who are suspected of copyright infringement. After they get necessary information, the defendant is offered to settle the case for a few hundred dollars in order to avoid a full trial and bigger penalties.

Currently it is clear that the judicial system of the country is being overloaded with new cases, as the recent study, carried out by an unnamed BitTorrent user, reveals that within the last 12 months a total of 99,924 file-sharers have been sued. The defendants are mostly BitTorrent users, while only a few hundred of them used ed2k networks to share illegal content.

In total, there have been 80 cases filed, 68 of which are still active, involving 70,914 defendants. The producers of The Hurt Locker movie were one of the first to file mass lawsuits, but now their scheme has been hijacked by other “copyright trolls” and adult content companies. Almost all the recent cases are over adult content, with the law company behind the pioneering US Copyright Group switching to adult cases as well.

Meanwhile, the mass lawsuits have caused plenty of criticism from consumer rights outfits and industry observers since their first day. For example, the Electronic Frontier Foundation insists that the rights owners have no intention to go to a full trial, but only expect to get a settlement. This means that their evidence (if they even have any) will never be tested in court.

However, it’s not easy to just stop these mass lawsuits. You can imagine the enormous amounts of money the suing parties are hoping to earn – simply multiply the 100,000 defendants by a few hundred of dollars of an average settlement proposal, and you’ll get tens of millions of dollars earned almost for nothing.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article



By:
SaM
February 1st ,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, February 1st, 2011



Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Site FriendKitty (2011-02-01 13:15:33)
aSBo avatarThese law firms will all eventually end up like "Acs Law" someone need just hack their database & make public the content. It`s pathetic to see that the “copyright trolls” are still willing to put the EPIC alongside the word FAIL ! have they still not learned FFS :)

2
posted by (2011-02-01 17:01:40)
DEMONLORD avatardont they got enough money to play with already. they can die a horrible death for all i care

3
posted by (2011-02-01 17:47:59)
No avatarIt is becoming widespread my disciples of piracy!!!!

To Whom it may concern,

Regardless of your complaint you seem to be missing many simple issues surrounding the supposed illegal downloading of your movies.

To start with it is YOU who are responsible for allowing this to happen in the first place. The procedures you put in place to avoid this situation are obviously not stringent enough to stop these leaks at ground level. With the exception of early release Camera recorded versions from countries with little or no copyright laws.

Secondly, the vast majority of file sharers do so for their own viewing pleasure and not for profit. If the movie/music/TV series is good enough it gives us the right to pay for quality material. Years ago the general public were ripped off by the film industry whether that be at Video Shop level or Theatre level. We the general public had no idea what we were paying for and were often disappointed. Losing out at our own expense. With yourselves laughing all the way to your mansions.

Thirdly, and most importantly, until you cut off the supply, do not send emails like this as I will be keeping them for future reference, this is victimisation and a very poorly organised attempt to stop something that you quite simply cannot stop. Until the people who are responsible for putting this data on the net are caught and dealt with appropriately, dont chase the little man. This is a common approach the police use with drugs. Stop chasing the little men because they are not going to get you any closer to the supply.

The movie industry is not suffering, as a matter of fact, you are unable to provide people such as myself with the correct statistics to support your argument, I have supplied them for you below and as far as I can see there is no trend to back your claims. Show the public that you are serious and find the culprits as mentioned in the last paragraph. (my apologies culprits, you are too smart for these holiday makers anyway)

Your intentions are clear, you wish to stop piracy so that you can raise ticket prices, dvd/bluray prices. In more direct terms, you want to rip off the general public. This spreads to music and anything with monetary value you are looking to swindle the general public out of.

I am reluctant to apologize if you find this email patronising in any matter but I find your approach with as much substance as a dog chasing its own tail.

Below is a link to some very important information which turns your argument upside down. Showing your your market share to this date, who are you trying to fool?

http://www.the-numbers.com/market/2010/Paramount.php












Begin forwarded message:

From: Copyright Infringements
To:
Subject: FW: Case ID ????????? - Notice of Claimed Infringement

Dear Customer
Attached is an email that ??? has received complaining about certain
conduct. The IP address and timestamps provided by the complainant
indicate that the conduct occurred over your ??? Service.

Infringement IP address:
Infringement timestamp
??? does not condone the use of ??? Services for activities which are
offensive, illegal, or infringe on the legal rights of other persons.
Such activities are expressly stated in your agreement with us as being
a basis on which ??? may suspend or terminate the supply of services to
you.

It is alleged in the attached complaint that you, or someone authorised
by you, have engaged in such an activity. If you agree that you did
engage in the activity, please cease it immediately. If you do not
believe that you have engaged in the activity complained about or you
believe that the activity is not illegal, offensive or an infringement
of another person's rights, please contact the complainant as soon as
possible and explain your position to them.

If you have any questions about this email or our Terms and Conditions,
please contact Customer Service on ????

Thank you.


Kind Regards,



From: Media_Sentry Copyright Enforcement

Subject: Case ID Blah Blah Blah - Notice of Claimed Infringement

RE: Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled
True Grit


Dear Administrator:

We are writing this letter on behalf of Paramount Pictures Corporation ("Paramount") who owns certain rights under copyright law in the title True Grit.

You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:

1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Paramount; and

2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.

If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.

The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Paramount copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.

Copyright infringement also violates your ISP’s terms of service and could lead to limitation or suspension of your Internet service. You should take immediate action to prevent your Internet account from being used for illegal activities.

An MPAA website, www.respectcopyrights.org, offers step-by-step instructions to ensure that your Internet account is not being used to violate the copyright laws. Also, the site can point you to an array of legal choices for enjoying movies and TV shows online. You can also learn there how theft of motion pictures and TV shows damages our economy and costs thousands of Americans their jobs.

Please contact us should you have any questions.

[email protected]

We are providing this notice based on our good faith belief that the use of motion pictures and television programs owned by Paramount in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owners, their agents, or the law. The information in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, we are authorized to act on behalf of the owners of the exclusive rights that are being infringed. This letter is without prejudice to the rights and remedies of Paramount, all of which are expressly reserved.

We appreciate your assistance and thank you for your cooperation in this matter. In your future correspondence with us, please refer to Case ID Blah Blah Blah.

Your prompt response is requested.

Respectfully,

D. Brewer
Enforcement Coordinator
Tiny Penis Media Technologies, Inc.
copyrightqs@_mediasentry.com



------------------------------

INFRINGEMENT DETAIL
--------------------

Infringing Work: True Grit
First Found: 28 Jan 2011 03:05:52 EST (GMT -0500)
Last Found: 28 Jan 2011 03:05:52 EST (GMT -0500)
IP Address: 60.240.174.114
IP Port: 48551
Protocol: BitTorrent
Torrent InfoHash: 7F1BA01181DD892B780B1F6B34A17EA1281D5C61
Containing file(s):
True Grit 2010 SCR XViD - IMAGiNE.torrent (1,467,972,296 bytes)

4
posted by Blocked (2011-02-02 17:04:10)
maccanuneaton avatarhow wud they get ur email address? im not very savvy with pc talk just wondering how?

5
posted by (2011-02-04 12:27:26)
No avatarmy email just arrived also how do they get our ip is it google filtering or wat



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