New Lawsuits Target Illegal Movie Downloaders

Friday, June 25, 2010


A company called The US Copyright Group have started targeting illegal movie downloading, picking up where the RIAA left off in 2008. Ars Technica senior editor Nate Anderson says that these lawsuits could be an attempt to create a new revenue stream for the movie industry rather than to curb piracy.

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Comments [10]

Taylor Oliphant

This article is called New Lawsuits Target Illegal Movie Downloaders, it was originally aired June 25, 2010. The report was mainly focused on the way the pirating of movies has sky rocketed. The reporter is trying to warn and inform people to be careful of downloading movies illegally because the rates of many people being indicted for illegally downloading movies is skyrocketing.

The reporter stated that the statistics for illegally downloading movies has skyrocketed over the past 2 years. The reporter is trying to help slow down or stop the rate of illegally downloading technology.

The report was very factual and interesting and it will hopefully help people to stop illegally downloading music. Eventually all of the illegal sites will have be shut down by the FBI, which will probably be the most effective way for illegal downloading to stop.

May. 10 2011 01:11 PM

This is similar to what a group called Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal are doing. Many of the victims attributed the quotes they used in their websites, blogs and forums. One victim was sued for quoting HIMSELF as published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to sue 'mom and pop' websites, advocacy and public interest groups and forum board operators for copyright violations. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue thousands of these websites and counts on the fact that many are unfunded and will be forced to settle out of court. Most cases are being filed in a Nevada Federal Court and must be fought in this jurisdiction."

This is extortion pure and simple.

May. 08 2011 11:11 AM
Daniel Bashian

Its stupid to try to sue so many people each for 150k, there is always going to be some kid that is real talented with his computer and they will hack somehow to get free movies. the music industry wasted money in my opinion because no matter how much time you spend informing people on copyright laws there is still going to be illegal downloading.

Apr. 28 2011 04:57 AM
Joe from New York, NY

Except that many in the film industry continue to steal ideas and even full screenplays from screenwriters who lack representation, and nobody is cracking down on *that.* The Copyright laws right now are weighted against the aggrieved writer and little can be done about it after the fact. As the Library of Congress web site points out:

Q: Do I have to register with your office to be protected?

A: Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work.

Q: Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?

A: [Only] registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation.

Q: I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?

A: The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.

Mar. 27 2011 11:55 AM
Arianna from Raleigh, NC

They are really buckling down with this illegal stuff. Which, I have no problem with. If stars are spending millions of dollars to produce something, it is only right that we should have to pay for it.

Oct. 31 2010 08:02 PM
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Jun. 30 2010 07:38 AM
Dano from Austin, TX

This is definitely a shakedown of sorts, but as an independent filmmaker I'm glad to hear that there are repercussions for this crime. Every week I receive Google Alerts telling me that my movie has popped up on another file sharing site despite the fact that we only charge $10 for a digital download. I don't want $1500 for each illegal download, but $10 isn't much to ask if you want to watch my movie and enjoy it.

Jun. 28 2010 12:05 PM
Mike from Boston, MA

I would like to know what filmmakers are associating themselves with these people. It would be a terrible shame if I somehow, accidentally contributed to their success.

Jun. 27 2010 09:41 AM

I enjoyed the movies "Steal this Film" parts I and II - they made some great poins on file sharing. It is so easy to copy material now that movie companies may want to find revenue in non-traditional manners ASAP. Even if you catch most downloaders and stop new ones from cropping up with fear tactics, it's still a pittance to rent a DVD and rip a copy which you can own forever... Technology has given users more choices than ever, Hollywood must evolve or suffer.

Jun. 26 2010 07:45 PM
Micah from NYC

They're seeking cruel and unusually large amounts of money from those that download movies.

It's extortion.

Jun. 26 2010 07:42 AM

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