Judge axes 23K P2P subpoenas after unused
The judge in a US Copyright Group lawsuit alleging peer-to-peer movie piracy against an unprecedented 23,322 targets has dropped the subpoenas requesting the real names behind the defendants' IP addresses. Judge Robert Wilkins had granted the subpoenas two months ago but rescinded them once he learned that they still hadn't been served. It was "especially surprising" to him given that the attorneys involved, Dunlap, Grubb, and Weaver, had claimed they needed an expedited discovery to catch the IP addresses before they change.
Hurt Locker producers to recoup claimed losses
The producers of the Academy Award winning motion picture The Hurt Locker are suing a record 24,583 BitTorrent downloaders. Voltage Pictures hopes to recoup millions of dollars it claims it has lost through illegal downloading activities. The company has hired a group of lawyers known as the US Copyright Group to undertake the action what is the biggest lawsuit of its kind to date.
Judge allows controversial measure to proceed
DC-based US Copyright Group has won a ruling that will allow it to proceed in a case against thousands of people alleged to have shared files illegally. The decision by Federal Judge Beryl Howell will require ISPs to turn over the identities of thousands of users who have engaged in P2P file sharing. This is the first time that a subpoena for the identities of thousands of people alleged to have shared files illegally has been granted.
New method could spell bad news for movie pirates
DC-based US Copyright Group, has filed more than 20,000 individual lawsuits against Internet users who download movie torrents. According to a Thursday report, the group was created on behalf of independent film produces and has rallied the support of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. Another mass lawsuit aimed at 30,000 other downloaders is due soon as well, and the two could set a precedent that could hugely deter BitTorrent movie downloads in the US.