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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Copyright Group is Facing a Strong Opposition from EFF & ACLU

US Copyright Group is Facing a Strong Opposition from EFF & ACLU

US Copyright Group is Facing a Strong Opposition from EFF & ACLU

Added: Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Citizen stand up to argue that it’s unfair for the US Copyright Group to make accused illegal downloaders to defend themselves in DC without regard to where they live, and accuse the USCG of creating a business model trying to shake settlements out of users who are unable to defend themselves.


ACLU and EFF have teamed up in order to file briefs with DC judges, asking them to cancel subpoenas from the US Copyright Group that target thousands of alleged copyright infringers. They argue that DC courts can’t hear the lawsuits because the US Copyright Group has yet to prove the unknown defendants are under their jurisdiction, as even the law firm submitting the subpoenas admits that an IP can only provide a general geographic location.

The brief filed by ACLU and EFF says that the USCG can with minimal investigation find out that hardly any of the unknown defendants is a resident of DC, so the lawsuits were most likely not properly brought in this District continues. However, the law firm improperly sues them in DC, apparently intending to make defendants either cover expenses of defense in a foreign District or settle it to avoid that expense. Seems like it’s the real aim of the USCG. Even if an IP is registered somewhere in Seattle, the law firm wants the defendant to pay for airfare, hotel, food, alongside with legal expenses to fight a case. It won’t leave people a choice – they will settle.

The EFF states that according to the First Amendment, each defendant should be given notice and chance to quash a subpoena, while the plaintiff is providing a sufficient evidence of violation for each infringer individually.

The USCG was originally going to target over 20 thousand BitTorrent users this past March, accusing them of unauthorized distribution of indie movies such as “Far Cry,” “Gray Man” or “Call of the Wild 3D.” A month ago it also succeeded to convince the producers of “The Hurt Locker”, who were upset with dismal ticket sales, to mass sue downloaders, offering the accused quick settlements worth $2500 instead of potentially much larger penalties for infringement at the court.

The EFF, ACLU, and Public Citizen now stand up to prove that the dragnet employed by the US Copyright Group is just an attempt to develop a business model of mass-scale extortion and nothing else.

June 13th, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-13 07:28:06)
uax4it avatarlol 4 what a download .because they fail to secure there sh!t....lol.... all that money they make and they cant secure there sh!t.thats funny most people in the u.s. wont work any more then the states has to support there kids,and them.if u ask me it wont work. better off filtering sights cost less to do that.lol stupid people how much deeper u want to sink it.how does a screener get out someone from the inside sold it. thats there fault not the peoples..lol stupid asses....

posted by (2010-06-13 07:41:34)
uax4it avatarcost the state 55 thousand a year to keep a man in lock down. some states even more for what some sh!tty boot leg movie and songs..lol what a joke clean up the gulf,and find all wmd in iraq...lol

posted by (2010-06-13 13:25:36)
conmac863 avatarNice article. Thanks SaM.
Pretty much what I have said all along. Blackmail and nothing more.

posted by (2010-06-14 04:17:13)
rebornawareness avatarWell asking for a $2500 settlement on the basis of watching a $15 movie? Isn't extortion and blackmail illegal in American? Of course belief in any kind of Justice in this world is at best a dream for the future. If things were just those responsible for this extortion and blackmail would go the jail for their much more serious crimes. Why don't all these people recieving letters file their own lawsuit for extortion and blackmail against these lawyer companies and there clients? Wait a minute I know. The judges are corrupt and possibly nothing would come of it.

posted by Blocked (2010-06-14 10:12:10)
menahunie avatarThat is all it is; wonder why the dept. of Justice doesn't get involved?
Oh and why not throw the RICO Act into it as well against these loser lawyers..
In the old days gangsters called it - shake down. Now lawyers use to system abuse it for their own gains so since Voltage agreed and are a partner in they are just as guilty and just as legally liable.
Anyone who got one of these letters should have gotten a attorney to send a squash order to the D.C. Courts on the grounds the D.C. Court did not have juristiction since the Defendant did not live in D.C.
These puke lawyers did this so they wouldn't have to fly around the country going to thousands of courts for their law suits.
I was ripped off by a online auction seller in Kansas and I lived in another state. I was told I'd have to file in the stat were the violation took place - my state; NOT where this puke lives.. I got my money back and he went to jail for felony charges.
Just think; if no one responded to these "letters"? They are not send by registered mail.. Think of the millions of dollars these lawyers would have to pay in mailing expenses and also the judge is very concerned with all these "defendants" on just one law suit. Think how many more millions of dollars these "lawyers" would have to pay in seperate filing fee's for each of their 50,000 law suits... About $9,000,000.00 at a minimum filing fee of $165.00 EACH and more expenses on top of that; process server fee's around minimum of $35.00 x 50,000= $1,750,000.00 minimum and much more.. This doesn't even include these puke lawyers fee's yet.. I can go on, but you should see why they are doing what they are doing and think how many years it will take if everyone of those 50,000 decided to fight and go to court?

posted by Girl (2010-06-16 11:37:45)
HakR_X avatarWhat we really need is for the younger voters to finally take a stand and get those outdated lumps out of office up there. More young people need to take a stand and tell our gov. to grow up and stop living in ancient days. It is now a digital world and our nation needs to move forward and develop better digital business models. In most states it is illegal for a lawyer to be an ambulance chaser, which is what the US Copyright Group is doing. Chasing down artist and convincing them to sue. And truth is the artist will never see a dime of any settlement as the lawyers will eat it all up in billable hours. Stand up Americans and so not let these relics of the past make us live in fear. truth is yes the record companies and movie studios are dying, it is their own fault for not wanting to evolve. They has priced them self out of the market.

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