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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Another Copyright Trolling Attempt Failed

Another Copyright Trolling Attempt Failed

Another Copyright Trolling Attempt Failed

Added: Monday, December 30th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Within the past few weeks around 30,000 users have got threatening letters from a law firm which claimed that they had to pay in compensation after “illegally” watching porn on the very popular streaming website known as RedTube. But the court admitted that ISPs should never hand over those users’ personal details.


Copyright trolls live by sending out the letters accusing people of downloading or sharing copyrighted content via BitTorrent networks and promising to take them to court. At the same time they suggest the victims to pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and forget what they’ve done.

So, thousands of Internet users were receiving such letters from German law firm U&C acting on behalf of a Swiss company The Archive AG, where the firm accused them of watching some adult titles on the popular adult streaming website.

Another law firm, which specializes in defending web users from copyright trolls, has estimated that about 30,000 people were targeted by U&C. Apparently, there was no legal basis for the threats and now the court agreed that there may have been a major screw up.

After receiving fifty full complaints, the Cologne Regional Court had to reexamine the entire case and made a “spectacular” turnaround. Some of the judges have changed their mind and decided that streaming is quite legal.

In result, the court should never have granted the plaintiffs’ request to obtain the personal details of the RedTube users, since they had broken no laws. In case the court stands by its new interpretation of relevant copyright legislation (private copying and temporary acts of copying), streaming sites users can relax. Industry observers admit that there are some indications that the judges think that streaming (whether from a legal or an illicit platform) – should be regarded as legitimate.

All 30,000 letter recipients of the notification letters will welcome the final decision of the Cologne Regional Court, but its next move will come no sooner than in January. Hopefully, no one of the defendants will have to pay a penny and copyright troll heads will roll.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

December 30th,2013

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Date:  Monday, December 30th, 2013

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-01-01 03:18:32)
Embolism avatarIf not for the NSA and corporate Americas red flagging of hunting pedophiles an excuse right up their with weapons of mass destruction ISP`s ,GCHQ and the NSA would not now be monitoring anyone in Europe and so this type of trolling would not exist.It was only a year ago that the EU threw out the Copyrights bills presented in many forms and from many agencies and it seems that they now have to look at the latest Big Brother tactics as not only an invasion of privacy but that the ultimate goals of Corporate America will mean many such cases will come across their courtrooms in the future becoming a vexatious waste of their time and the taxpayers money in order to uphold claims by corporate America which should not exist,streaming should be legal and unless proof positive that some economical gain is made from file sharers P2P should be free to up and download from for all.

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