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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 50,000 BitTorrent Users Might be Sued by US Copyright Group

50,000 BitTorrent Users Might be Sued by US Copyright Group

50,000 BitTorrent Users Might be Sued by US Copyright Group

Added: Friday, April 2nd, 2010
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
Bad news for Indie film fans: a DC-based establishment, the US Copyright Group, combines the efforts of a number of copyright property law companies and some technology companies. They have already silently filed lawsuits against over 20 thousand alleged file-sharers within the past several weeks. The cases were about illegal sharing such independent movies as “Far Cry,” “Uncross the Stars,” “Steam Experiment,” or “Call of the Wild 3D.”


Only a few of the alleged offenders have so far settled out of the court for an amount, which remains undisclosed. 5 cases have been sent to a Washington D.C. Federal Court. Also there’s information about one Internet Service Provider, which has disclosed to the Copyright Group the personal information of seventy people, eight of those being already settled.

Meanwhile, the DC-based venture is also planning to target 30 thousand more users in the next several weeks, perhaps copying the RIAA’s mass lawsuit style. The main indictment the Group brings up is that every downloader becomes an uploader since they have an infringing copyrighted content in the network, thus facilitating distributing the illegal material.

The main problem of the campaign is that the users are exposed to false copyright infringement claims. This possibility has already been proved by the University of Washington researchers – they managed to receive over two hundred of DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices for University’s computers and even nonsense devices like printers, without having transferred any data.

Another problem is that charges are brought against an IP address, but not the actual person liable. All this points out that the copyright law has lost its original assignment (which was to help the performers get adequately paid for their work) and turned into the source of shaking down users for quick settlements in great quantities.

The US Copyright Group is now following in ACS:Law’s (UK Group) footsteps, which used to send out several thousand of letters demanding to pay £300-500 to lots of people, some of which didn’t even have a computer.

What we can advise to the users now is to boycott such indie movies as “Call of the Wild 3D” or” “Far Cry” that might be involved with the accusations. Or make a counter-claim for time lost sitting through such “films”.

April 2nd, 2010

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Date:  Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Comments (30) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-04-02 14:31:04)
bodthepimp avatarTHX SaM NICE READ

posted by (2010-04-02 14:31:04)
SnakeyB avatarThanks Sam,
"What we can advise to the users now is to boycott such indie movies as “Call of the Wild 3D” or” “Far Cry” that might be involved with the accusations. Or make a counter-claim for time lost sitting through such “films”."
That's Hilarious.

posted by Blocked (2010-04-02 14:42:34)
iamezaz avatarGood to know the situation thanks SaM

posted by ET loverKitty (2010-04-02 16:06:43)
greymongel avatarThanks as always for the read SAM ;> .... i wonder is it throughout the united states the lawsuits are being filed or is it just in one particle state?

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-04-02 16:57:25)
Big_A_Little_A avatarMany thanks SaM,think it a case of a small but not so powerful organization trying to get a name for themselves,to join the big boys of the RIAA and MPAA,but not knowing what to do or how to do it and scarring the ordinary person. Also how much of this money will go to the artists? probably none by the time they take there costs and fee's off.

posted by (2010-04-02 17:15:54)
ET_THE_PLACE_TO_BE avatarThanks SAM!!! What is the world coming to these days? I just dont see how they can violate our rights and look at what we do on the net? Isnt that a crime itself? snooping around on what people do in there homes? Where is the privace? I dont agree with these people, all there trying to do is make some money harrasing people!!! They need to get a real job and leave people alone. I go to the movies quiet a bit and spend my money on movies that are and are not worth my money. Are they going to give my money back for all the movies that were advertised to be awsome and turned out to be flops? I dont think so. Im just really upset that they can spy on what we are doing. And i bet half or most of them download movies themselves!!! This crap has to stop!!! Im not going anywhere and those people can kiss my ever lovin downloading A$$!!!

posted by (2010-04-02 17:27:49)
No avatarMake your own life time more easy get the personal loans and all you need.

posted by (2010-04-02 17:36:49)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarlol i agree with comment #6...

posted by (2010-04-02 18:28:19)
kdmores avatarThanx ET I also have been sited by some anonymous lawsuit of a video I never heard of in 09...? Go figure.That I supposed to have downed?

posted by (2010-04-02 18:29:25)
kdmores avatarxcuse thnx SaM!!!My Bad

posted by ET junkieET lovermenXbox (2010-04-02 19:19:42)
d321 avatarThank Sam. Always love to read the articles.Keep it up. Really sucks for those people.

posted by (2010-04-02 22:14:49)
No avatarthank everybody i move from bittorrent to utorrent

posted by (2010-04-02 23:47:27)
Brynn217 avatarOk... I have to look at both sides... I can see why they are pissed at us... They believe outright that we are stealing and the by the letter of the law we should be held accountable.. Just like someone who speeds in their car, or shoplifts a stick of gum... There is no tolerance for breaking the rules with these type of people....

But THEY fail to realise that is not only us, its the industry as a whole... They brag about the millions they make and pay their actors and themselves... They show it off on their Red Carpet Parade... That kind of theft from people who work their ass off for $30k a year is what needs to be focused on... But THEY dont break laws... They just charge too much for our entertainment then bitch when they dont get every dime owed..... There is no way to fix this... Our little bit of file transfering, no matter how you put the icing on, its a sort of check and balance...

posted by (2010-04-03 00:15:10)
kenismut avatarTHX 4 the article SAM /Good post Brynn I agree its a point of greed on the part of the industry showing it off & all that/ could say if they lowered their prices more people would be able 2 go out 2 the movies.We here at ET r like the Robin Hoods of the Industry taking from the rich & giving 2 the poor, the industry brings the problems on themselves then they need someone 2 blame which is unfortunately the poor.

posted by (2010-04-03 00:32:57)
messiahx4ever avatarSaw it at the theater today, it follows the story line of Persus closer to the Greek story than the other, great movie, loved it as the birthing age of Man. I can think of a few more religions we could absolutely live without as well.

posted by Sun (2010-04-03 02:29:42)
No avatari personally think its not smart to respond to a letter they send because as soon as you respond you could reveal stuff they can use in court i would advice people who get such letters to contact either a law firm or at least get some legal advice.
As soon as they even got a name and more personal details wether or not denying the crime they acuse you off they can take followup actions like a lawsuit.

Dont respond in any way let them act and dont reveal anything.

posted by Site Friend (2010-04-03 03:04:45)
Shaggynyc avatarGreat article, that's why I love ET, very informative. Seems like they always going after the little guy instead of addressing bigger issues like overcharging for entertainment.

posted by (2010-04-03 06:58:51)
BenjaWiz avatarshaggy yup big time $50 for Blu-Ray forget it.

posted by Blocked (2010-04-03 11:37:03)
menahunie avatarI agree with vries153.. Responding to the "Letter" just makes you a target and you open yourself to what ever they decide.
My opinion and you get one see a lawyer.
Thing is they are only using an IP address? Many many p2p users change IP's some time more than one per day.
So an example; an IP's logged; illegally by the way, it is called wire tapping under federal laws when a third party is involved.
Then THAT IP is released and gets assigned to another who may NOT BE A P2P user; then they get that law suit letter. Another point is the ISP is releasing personal information on you to these people without informing you...
Hey I buy allot of movies from walwort in the 5.00 bin and watch them with family; but as a poster stated they are demanding way too much to just see a movie... Explain to me the crazy assed logic an actor told the producer of Batman Movies why he turned down 62 MILLION DOLLARS TO PLAY THE PART - 62 MILLIONS DOLLARS TURNED DOWN BECAUSE HE SAID HE WAS BUSY...
Many of these people are totally out of touch with reality.
Crap just give me 6 months interest on that and I'll be a happy camper for the rest of my life....
To the MPAA and RIAA I KNOW YOU READ THESE; lower the price to a more reasonable amount and NO 9.99 from 10.00 isn't a deal when you take four to five people into a theater..

posted by (2010-04-03 17:17:35)
cyberartist avatarThanks Sam. Menahunie thankyou too for the input here. This crap is going to get worse isnt it? With Peer Block and IP Filter I feel a lot more anonymous about things - but now I think we will see ISPs starting to become the internet police more and more and walking hand in hand with governments who are in bed with SIGs. Im not about to take the moral highground here as far as we are concerned - I just figure that unless we are all smarter and sneakier than these dudes - then our days of freedom on the net might be in serious jepeordy.

posted by (2010-04-03 21:05:08)
No avatarIt never ceases to amaze me how low the fat cats will stoop in their efforts to gain weight.

Simple fact is that they will NEVER be able to stop the use of these P2P networks completely. And targeting everyone for the actions of a few is simply ridiculous.

If these loonies want to waste their time and money, not to mention the time of the local fed judges... I say let em burn themselves out. THEY are the ones using illegal means to collect personally identifiable data to make these claims in the first place. We never see THEM getting punished for it. I hope, eventually, the Federal courts will just tell these lunatics to take a long walk off a short pier.

posted by (2010-04-04 01:41:49)
No avatarI m really thankful to this site creators. this is really a big and tension free site.

posted by (2010-04-04 23:37:53)
No avatarThank you, for another great article. The same companies that are against us are the same ones supplying us the tools.

posted by (2010-04-05 03:52:31)
No avatarGreat article sam & thanks for the info. But what I'd like to know is, which Internet service provider is giving them private information? Just so I can stop using them. They make such a big deal about the privacy features they offer if you use them, then they turn around and pull crap like that? No way I want anything to do with a company like that.

posted by (2010-04-05 09:29:16)
cyberartist avatarxxcyberdanexx - in Australia it is Telstra (and they own ALL the infrastructure and lease it to the other Telcos) Telstra ran the tests on the governments Internet Filter last year. Telstra are the ones who will implement its delivery.

posted by (2010-04-06 00:11:01)
scubadu avatarTime to uninstall "Bite me torrent..."!

posted by (2010-04-06 00:11:40)
scubadu avatarSo much for privacy laws!

posted by (2010-04-06 07:24:26)
IrishTalian avatarThat's why I've been using uTorrent since it's original release and will continue to. Because, I can encrypt all outgoing connections. And people, start using some download protection like me and many others, just to be on the safe side.

posted by (2010-04-06 07:24:46)
IrishTalian avatarOh, and thanks SaM!!!

posted by (2010-04-07 07:22:56)
mulder avatarWhat is everyone using to protect themselves? I use a ip filter but I have not hear of peerblock.
Thanks SAM for the headsup.

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