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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > EFF Compiles Attorneys to Assist Fight Mass P2P Litigation

EFF Compiles Attorneys to Assist Fight Mass P2P Litigation

EFF Compiles Attorneys to Assist Fight Mass P2P Litigation

Added: Friday, June 18th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
EFF (the Electronic Frontier Foundation) seems to keep its promise to line up a list of attorneys throughout the country, who want to help BitTorrent downloaders having received warning letters from the US Copyright Group.


EFF called for help late last month, saying it needs several good lawyers to help over 50,000 BitTorrent downloaders the USCG was planning to sue for unauthorized file-sharing. Its call was heard by dozens of lawyers all over the country who voiced the readiness to assist users in the copyright fight.

The EFF explains that the call for arms was given because too many people now need legal help, and in the case of mass litigation, it should be received on a very short time frame. Those lawyers who answered a call are ready to help alleged P2P users understand their options. In addition, lawyers may, by the client’s request, file a motion to quash or litigate on their behalf. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out that the lawyers from the list are not affiliated with the Foundation in any way. So, by offering their services, the organization doesn’t intend to give individual endorsement of those lawyers. As usual, fees are negotiable.

In fact, the EFF criticized the U.S. Copyright Group’s new business model of mass lawsuits from the very beginning. It called the USCG a copyright troll and accused it of shaking down people for fast settlements by packs at a time. It also warns that the lawyers bringing these lawsuits aren’t actually affiliated with major entertainment groups. Instead, they are looking forward to building a lucrative business model by shaking down settlements from the greatest set of defendants.

The EFF keeps fighting such mass litigation by teaming up with the ACLU to file briefs with judges where they asked them to quash requests submitted by the U.S. Copyright Group to reveal the identities of the accused.

The EFF believes that while suing thousands of downloaders, the USCG has to give each accused a fair chance to fight. With the lawyers rounding up to fight back on behalf of users caught up in this extortion effort, the U.S. Copyright Group may in result be forced to provide each defendant with that “fair chance” to fight back.

Thanks to ISPs like Time Warner, fighting back by limiting the amount of IPs it processes to 28 per month, the USCG will perhaps soon start to realize that suing thousands of users at once won’t be so easy as it had hoped.

June 18th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, June 18th, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-18 16:13:24)
Divin avatarThanks For De InFo! :)

posted by (2010-06-18 21:56:15)
Brynn217 avatarYes, Verizon has sent me my 3rd Warning letter, What I'd like to know is WHAT Fing ISP IS MONITORING OUR TRANSFERS!.... They have to be seeding to get the info they have, which means its entrapment...

posted by (2010-06-18 21:58:29)
Brynn217 avatarYes, here it is, THIS TRANSFER CAME FROM THIS SITE, like my 1st one, for some reason, I never saw the 2nd letter.... Wish i did, I could compare the ip addresses...

Dear Verizon Online Customer:

This is an important matter that requires your immediate attention.

This notification is to advise you that we recently received a third notification from a copyright owner of a possible copyright violation that appears to involve your Verizon Online account (the "Complaint"). The work(s) identified by the copyright owner in its Complaint are listed below.

As the primary account holder for your Verizon Online account, you are responsible for all activity originating from that account and can be held liable for this activity. Our records indicate that the Internet protocol (IP) address provided to us by the copyright owner was assigned to your service on the date and time identified by the copyright owner. If you, or someone using your Internet connection, are engaged in the conduct alleged by the copyright owner, we urge you to stop (and ensure that anyone else who might have access to your Internet connection also stops).

Copyright infringement violates U.S. copyright law and subjects infringers to criminal and civil liability. It also violates Verizon Online’s Acceptable Use Policy (http://www2.verizon.net/policies/acceptable_use.asp) and Terms of Service (http://www2.verizon.net/policies/tos.asp). Should we receive additional notifications alleging that you have engaged in online copyright infringement, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate your Verizon Online account.

Copyright work(s) identified in the notification of claimed infringement:

Copyright infringement level: 3
Notice ID: 2228310479
Protocol: BitTorrent
IP Address:
File Name: Marmaduke.2010.CAMRip.ELEKTRI4KA.avi
File Size: 733073408
Timestamp: 06-15-2010 07:24:38 UTC

Protecting Your Privacy: The copyright owner has not asked Verizon to identify you, and Verizon will NOT provide your identity without a lawful subpoena or other lawful process. However, if the copyright owner does issue a lawful subpoena or other lawful process that seeks information about your identity or account, Verizon will be legally required to provide the requested information to the copyright owner.

If you have questions regarding this notice or would like to view Frequently Asked Questions about copyrights and piracy please visit us at www.verizon.net/copyrightfaq..

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.


Verizon Online

posted by Blocked (2010-06-18 22:41:14)
menahunie avatarJust my opinion and not legal advice is ask Verizon to provide you copies of ALL letters of "copyright Violations" from this copyright Holder. This way you will know who is after you.
You just stated you got the first letter and not the second one is kinda moot since you already know there is a problem from the first letter; yet you like a moron continued to do what your doing and started to get these letters.
I am calling you a moron due to you continuing to be a lazy and sloppy P2P'er and did not take precautions. You get what you deserve.

posted by (2010-06-18 23:22:15)
TheMostHigh avatarIts Entrapment1 Verizon set him an a million others up. They Provide FIOS for the HIGH SPEED DOWNLOAD! Now... the only reason people want this [FIOS]for big files like- Movies (Blu-Rays, Discographies Etc.) If all we can dwld is pictures an Chat ill jus go back to 56k. People Pay All this money for this service an they turn around an turn you in to the MPAA & RIAA. I wondering if you could possilby sue verizon for something of this degree.

posted by (2010-06-19 11:11:03)
Brynn217 avatarI have taken precautions, I run Hide IP, which doesnt work agaianst a seeder, I use mainly private servers except this one... and now I guess I will start looking for a cheap VPN service...

But as I stated above, it really shouldnt be too much of a problem to find out who is doing the seeding and reporting people from this website

posted by Blocked (2010-06-19 11:39:26)
menahunie avatarRead this and you will find "hide IP" doesn't work.
Running a vpn service as well as a anon proxy helps.
If the "seeder" is the one ratting; then the violation letters are no good since they made the file available - so where's the violation I'd ask if I had no choice. If it a "rat" without the copyright holders permission to do what they do; this "seeder" is also in violation as well.
A example in the extreme; but the same thing.
You stand on a street coner with a cop. You have your wallet out and have money sticking out of it. You hold it out to passerbyes and state " here take the money"; if a passerby dose and you then turn to the cop (MPAA or RIAA ) arrest him for taking MY MONEY. He won't stince you offered it for the taking...

posted by (2010-06-20 17:49:50)
Brynn217 avataryes, but in this case, there is a middle man involved... Verizon cutting off service due to these accusations is a problem, there is no cop, no court and you have to fight for what you are paying for...

I believe it is the USCG directly doing the seeding, how else would they have end of line info and need the ISP to reveal you name? Expecially for 10,000+ people... They have the Date, Time, Filename, Size and my IP address... Even if they are just monitoring it as a third party THAT is Illegal, and if they are actually doing the seeding themselves, thats Entrapment...

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