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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > File-Sharer Won Over $100,000 in Court

File-Sharer Won Over $100,000 in Court

File-Sharer Won Over $100,000 in Court

Added: Thursday, February 5th, 2015
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, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
An individual falsely accused of pirating the Elf-Man movie was recently granted $101,000 in attorney fees, after the producers of the film decided to drop the lawsuit. The reason was because the court criticized their evidence gathering method, but the decision didn’t help the moviemakers to escape a hefty bill.


As you know, there have been lots of mass-piracy lawsuits in the United States within the last few years, which targeted hundreds of thousands of alleged pirates. Those who started such lawsuits were often called “copyright trolls”, because all they wanted was only to collect settlement payments from the alleged downloaders. The case between the makers of the “Elf-Man” film and an individual from Washington started exactly like this.

As usual, the plaintiffs presented an IP address as the main piece of evidence, which was collected by a file-sharing “investigator”. Such services normally operate by using software to connect to the BitTorrent swarm that shares the copyrighted content. The problem was that courts couldn’t understand why such evidence can be taken as solid and how the plaintiffs could prove any alleged wrongdoings. Indeed, the tracking software could not really prove that the defendant had downloaded the movie in question. Besides, the makers of “Elf-Man” weren’t entirely forthcoming about the identity, employer, or location of its investigators.

As a result, the movie studio decided to pull out of the lawsuit, but still had to pick up the bill, because the judge awarded attorney fees of $101,000 to the alleged copyright infringer. However, the movie studio wasn’t sanctioned for its trolling and for the use of unlicensed investigators.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

February 5th, 2015

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Date:  Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by AdminSun (2015-02-05 12:42:17)
YoGi avatar(:
They should be sued for illegally trying to download the file themselves LoooL !

posted by Site FriendET lover (2015-02-05 18:48:26)
sumi avatarGood he won the case, using the old IP trick in court just doesn't cut it, lol. Especially in this case. I bet he feels a big relief and a ton of cash.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2015-02-05 18:56:49)
dazpicable avatarAgreed Yogi, i bet that was not the only file they downloaded illegally.

posted by ET junkieKitty (2015-02-05 18:56:59)
Selsley avatarthe only winner here was the defence attorney, as he was only awarded costs...... maybe he should sue for PTSD like the rest of america, seems thats the big winner now-a-days

posted by (2015-02-05 19:44:27)
No avataraccording to the english dictionary to pirate something means to copy something that doesn't belong to you and sell it for a profit, i doubt anyone using this site does that ...so yeah ...good win i would say

posted by Trusted UploaderET lovermenTurtle (2015-02-06 15:18:31)
SolarwindsX264 avatarSo, after they snagged the Download, Did they Help Seed?
Reminds of the TV show "Bait Car"
That's Awesome - the I.P. wasn't good enough (to bust) on it's own!
LOL, Elf-Man is a 2012 movie!?
Thx SaM

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