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Over 200,000 BitTorrent users sued for file sharing in the U.S.

By Julio Franco
Aug 9, 2011
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  1. The number of copyright infringement lawsuits in the United States against BitTorrent users seems to be accelerating at a phenomenal pace. In January we reported that almost 100,000 users were…

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,708   +62

    They need to lobby harder.
     
  3. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Maniac Posts: 328

    Peeps that can pay should pay! peeps that cant=Torrent. HACK THE PLANET!!!
     
  4. M1r

    M1r TS Rookie Posts: 42

    My new motto.
     
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    "This is our world now. The world of the electron and the switch; the beauty of the baud. We exist without nationality, skin color, or religious bias. You wage wars, murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop me, but you can't stop us all."
     
  6. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Maniac Posts: 328

    Well said!!! gwailo247
     
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    If I was sleeping with a c. 1995 Angelina Jolie I'd say that with a straight face.
     
  8. "Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity"
    lol hacking for some is more fun than a tornado in trailer park....but as they say curiosity killed the cat.
     
  9. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Maniac Posts: 328

    But cats have claws eh?
     
  10. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Maniac Posts: 328

    "straight face" in this Omniverse!!! i like that!
     
  11. We rail against the crooks in Washington and business, but we are also the crooks.
    When you steal other peoples property, that is called theft.
     
     
  12. I would love to see a TechSpot guide on protecting yourself from being the victim of one of these suits. I know there are precautions that can be taken - using BTguard and such - but a full, comprehensive write-up by one of the talented and knowledgeable writing staff here at TS would be amazing.
     
  13. M1r

    M1r TS Rookie Posts: 42

    Win.
     
  14. yorro

    yorro TS Enthusiast Posts: 246

    "...in the US"

    Yeah baby.
     
  15. Brewskie

    Brewskie TS Rookie Posts: 17

    "Pay up, or else"

    Sounds like a huge extortion racket to me.

    I don't file share.

    But I really hope they accuse me of it.

    I'll end up with the same huge unearned jackpot these lawyers are reaping....and I'll get it from them.
     
  16. Just bring out the guillotine. Piracy will be much less, once heads start to roll ha ha.
     
  17. I would love to see the cost/return numbers for those figures.

    Dont be intimidated by idle threats.
     
  18. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 567   +105

    I really don't think it would be in Tech Spot's best interest to show you how to download copyrighted material and get away with it. Good news however that there is a nearly 100% proven way* not to be hit with one of these lawsuits -

    Step 1: Don't illegally download copyrighted material.
    Step 2: Repeat Step 1

    *provided of course you have a secure WIFI. Your ******* neighbor could be downloading Dutch gardening bondage videos off your connection.
     
  19. Really, this is to be expected. I think it was somewhere on these very forums that I predicted this very action from the entertainment industry. Sad and pathetic losers under the umbrella of internet anonymity espousing the virtues of outright theft. Such bravado. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Not a one of you "Hack The Planet" goof balls would have the gumption to walk out of a Wal-Mart with a video game or a movie in your pocket and it's the same thing when copyrighted materials are distributed over the web. It's theft people.
    I say good for the entertainment industry. Although I disagree with their attempt to extort rather than outright sue, it's a step in the right direction. Something for nothing truly does not exist in Nature.
     
  20. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Get a VPN
     
  21. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Pretty much which makes this absolute nonsense.
     
  22. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Good thing everything is legal in Mexico, its the american way.
     
  23. "This is our world now. The world of the electron and the switch; the beauty of the baud. We exist without nationality, skin color, or religious bias. You wage wars, murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop me, but you can't stop us all."


    double win
     
  24. w3b0n

    w3b0n TS Rookie Posts: 38

    You sir, WRONG! First i try then i buy. Would you go out and buy a car without driving it first? Thank you come again, and please say it again.

    I only give my money to things that DESERVE to have it (except the government they don't deserve and i pay taxes). Its like food i only buy what i like and if i try it and i don't like it why i should buy it?

    are you mad? get it real no one buys something with blinded eyes. Oh wait im wrong they do.
     
  25. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    I have a very different view of lawyers involved in any case: this is how they make money. Legal action pays the bills and (typically) whether or not the case is successful, lawyers still make tons of money. I think they are in fact very motivated to be as litigious as possible.

    Prosecuting companies and organizations on the other hand probably do feel as you suggest though. They would rather have the quick and easy money than drag out expensive legal fees in court. Then again, a lot of big companies have full-time lawyers on payroll. Hmmm. That may validate your point of view, actually.
     


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