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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > EFF Needs Lawyers to Fight Mass Lawsuits

EFF Needs Lawyers to Fight Mass Lawsuits

EFF Needs Lawyers to Fight Mass Lawsuits

Added: Monday, May 24th, 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
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) says it needs help protecting mass lawsuits or so called “spam-igation” victims from the US Copyright Group, which targets over fifty thousand users accused of violating the copyright by downloading some indie movies and, as per latest news, the Academy Award-winning film “The Hurt Locker.”

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As you remember, several months ago the US Copyright Group, a company located in DC, has silently sued over twenty thousand P2P users for copyright infringement, precisely for unauthorized distribution of such indie movies as “Gray Man,” “Steam Experiment,” “Far Cry,” and others. The group, joining the efforts of law firms specializing on copyright and technology companies, has plans to sue extra thirty thousand people in the near future.

What changed since then is that one of “The Hurt Locker” producers has also asked for the US Copyright Group’s services. Besides, he even went so far as to recently call a critic, having expressed a concern on the financial burden the lawsuits poses for the alleged users, a “moron” whose kids the producer hoped “end up in prison for stealing to be taught the difference.”

The Group is going to argue that since every user is a member of peer-to-peer network and is actually a peer himself, he is distributing a copyright work to others illegally, even if it’s just a couple of MB. All they hope for when suing so many people by sending out letters is a quick payday.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has always criticized the Group’s business model of mass lawsuits, and even used to call the Group a “copyright troll”. Now it’s asking for help and needs licensed attorneys all over the country who can help the EFF fight the “spam-igation.” It warns that the lawyers coming with such suits are usually not affiliated with the largest entertainment groups, but are instead keen on creating a profitable business model by collecting settlements from the large number of individual respondents.

The EFF is planning to compile a list of lawyers willing to help and, if appropriate, quash subpoenas which are used to get personal information of alleged IPs from ISPs.

Defendants’ personal information is going to be added to a resource for the targets of this mass extortion. That is just another example of the EFF working hard to protect those who can’t defend themselves.



By:
SaM
May 24th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, May 24th, 2010



Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2010-05-24 19:49:29)
2die4 avatari dont understand how your actually stealing anything as all your doing is making a copy of it which cant be stealing as if it was stealing then the item would no longer be avalable to the owner

2
posted by (2010-05-25 02:44:16)
Dirk_Diggler avatarwow now this is fuked up right here. Now greedy ass Record companies and movie producers will pretty much own EFF.. thats crazy... Legal Blackmail!

3
posted by (2010-05-25 10:12:37)
Brynn217 avatarOk.. the act of making a copy of ANYTHING Copyrighted is stealing... You cannot walk into Office Depot with a Picture that was made in a Studio and have them print a copy, they will refuse..(Like Olan Mills or Sears Portrait)

You cannot paint a copy of a famous painting either and try and resell it...
And even in the good ole days, those dual Cassette players that copy cassette tapes, OR record off a radio station is also stealing. By US LAW, you are allowed to make 1 copy of something for personal use only that you own the orginal of.

Sharing like in File-Sharing, is a beast of a different nature.. We do not SELL or give the appereance of selling that which we share. There is a grey line here, that the MPAA is trying to define. They believe that having a copy of a copyrighted material, even if obatined for free, is stealing. Someday, and even now, in some places.. They are creating that defination as LAW.

So, Really its a matter of persepctive...

4
posted by (2010-05-25 10:13:35)
Brynn217 avatarOopss, and since I live 30mins from DC, I could alaways go down and ask those fellas what THEIR defination is....



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