Almost 100,000 US torrent users sued in the last 12 months

By Emil
Jan 31, 2011
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  1. In the last 12 months, copyright infringement lawsuits in the United States, mainly against torrent users (and a few hundred ed2k users), have targeted 99,924 defendants. The profitable pay-up-or-else scheme has been embraced by many. Of the 80 cases that were filed originally, 68 are still active, with 70,914 defendants still being targeted.

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  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    On your mark...get set....
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    * GROAN * How right you are G...
  4. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 433   +23

    But still everything is on torrents no effect of suing as western laws don't apply in east.
  5. They should all band together and overthrow the law firm.
  6. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Basically, yes. Although some cases might actually be relevant anyway as the defendant is from the west.

    I'm actually glad to see that some kind of torrent-capture system actually works. Over at where I'm staying, Sweden, the government is funding enormous sums into torrent-capture systems like IPRED and so on. Still, they don't catch ****. If I recall correctly, about 3 people were arrested last month. Even though Sweden has PirateBay and so on... yikes.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Another thread to watch very closely then... ;) :wave:

    Emil sure does love his controversial news topics. :haha:
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I wonder if there might be some of these figures for the UK?...I'de be interested to read those.
  9. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    My, my ... the scam artists are going to thrive on this. Au revoir chain letters asking donations for fake health bills; au revoir pyramid schemes. Just send out thousands of emails to people accusing them of illegally downloading music content and some will bite!
  10. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    hmmmm .... never thought of it like to send some emails
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,455   +1,758

    The copyright attorneys are benefiting from the DMCA, in that it's civil entity, thus no extradition is necessary. The "art photography" houses, which are mostly based in Russia, have token offices in the US, in part, to artificially extend the reach of their legal recourse. The primary function is of course, to apply for US copyright on the imported materials.

    Most of the models are of Russian descent, sometimes with nicknames like, "Indiana". So, I suppose the identity of the the target audience is pretty much a slam dunk.

    That's what I've always "lusted" to be when I grew up, a copyright lawyer for the pornography industry. It would have made my mother so proud...:rolleyes:
  12. I hope that every pirate that engages in illegal trade of copyrighted material has the full weight of the law come down on them. I don't care whether you think games, movies, and music are overpriced; the fact of the matter is that stealing is not ok. Piracy hurts industries that produce products that I enjoy, and if piracy is left unchecked those products will not be produced any longer there by eliminating my ability to enjoy them. Get off of your high horses and grow up. Stealing is stealing.
  13. I guess these people are stupid and torrent without peerblock
  14. But what do you say to the people whose mindset is that of "I wasn't going buy it either way, so I may as well pirate it"?
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    If you honestly think that pirating is going to completely stop the products that you enjoy, then your a fricking *****. There is allot of non-pirating people in the world who pay legitimately and will continue to pay legitimately, to ever prevent this absolute worst case scenario from happening. How about you get off your high horse and come back down to reality.

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