USCG Dismissed Mass BitTorrent LawsuitAdded: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
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Nearly 2,000 BitTorrent users can be happy today, as the US Copyright Group (USCG) has given up another mass file-sharing lawsuit against them.
The announced dismissal is the second one for a fortnight. Last week the lawyers dismissed their “The Expendables” case, thus leaving free over 23,000 of suspected file-sharers. Meanwhile, the lawyers didn’t say whether they were planning to re-file the lawsuit or not. Despite the fact that at the very beginning the suing campaign of the US Copyright Group seemed to pay off, with the outfit threatening thousands of suspected copyright violators with trials, the country’s courts finally felt over saturated with mass file-sharing cases.
As a result, District Court Judge Robert Wilkins issued a ruling this summer which greatly influenced the latest dismissal. The matter was that according to his ruling the pro-copyrighted outfit could only pursue those people who were reasonably likely to be residing in the District of Columbia. The court decision now prohibited them to send subpoenas to Internet service providers if the IP-addresses of suspects were registered in other districts. However, because of this the number of defendants decreased so dramatically that in the end the rights holders saw no benefit in pursuing them anymore. Apparently, this was the main reason to drop the cases.
This time, it was the latest case filed by the company only a few weeks ago. The lawsuit was launched on behalf of Cinetel Films that produced the horror film “I Spit on Your Grave”. After just a few weeks, the USCG took a decision to back off and stop pursuing almost 2,000 infringement suspects.
It seems that the copyright outfit is reconsidering its tactics and methods at the moment. However, its backing off doesn’t mean for the BitTorrent users that it has been targeting care-free times. The matter is that both of the above mentioned cases were dismissed “without prejudice”. In other words, the cases can be filed again later. As for the current moment, jurisdiction issues seem to have cooled down the suing urge a little. At least, it may be just enough to make the rights owners and their watchdogs understand that there are a number of legal boundaries they have to consider before pursuing Internet users.
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
|posted by (2011-09-07 16:44:56)|
|The lawsuit was launched on behalf of Cinetel Films that produced the horror film “I Spit on Your Grave”. (which is a mediocre remake of an old B-grade sexploitation flick.... pathetic.) now i'm gonna have to download it and see why they thought it was worth suing someone over... morons.|
|I watched "I Spit on Your Grave" and I must say that it was "OK" for a remake of a crappy movie but definitely not something I would recommend to anyone. To hear that they are suing people who downloaded this torrent makes me laugh.|
|LOL!I bet they spent more money on this failed lawsuit then they did on the movie.|
|newsvine isn't enough? you have to come to every site on the net and spam your merchanise?|
can't you keep it to sites that are relevant to selling chinese junk and not real conversations?
no one wants your garbage.
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