Over 23,000 people targeted for downloading 'The Expendables'

By Matthew · 56 replies
May 9, 2011
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  1. The US Copyright Group is after the blood of more than 23,000 people accused of illegally downloading the 2010 action film "The Expendables." A federal judge has authorized subpoenas forcing internet…

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    wasent there an article a few days ago noting that you cannot convict a person using their IP address, as an ip =/= a perseon?
  3. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    *Applies blue paint on face*

  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Yeah but who cares about law, its the american way
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,318   +1,404

  6. Corporate interests will eventually force regulation and laws on the Internet.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Reading the whole article before commenting is a good thing. Yeah that judge did hit the nail on the head. I don't have a pass code on my wireless router because every time theres a power outage I have to go to each machine connected to it and reenter in the pass. The ancient laptop I use to connect my xbox 360 to the net is a huge pain to deal with. My power goes out at least 10 times a year.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Furthermore anyone summoned should counter sue for court fees, decimation of character and lost time at work.
  9. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 166   +40

    A judge said that... it is not law on the books when a judge says something.

  10. Yep.

    Dear Attorney filing a lawsuit against me based on my IP:

    Take your client and go get yourselves coited. You can't prove that I personally sat there and downloaded your asset, you can't prove that I personally authorized my PC or anyone else to download your asset, and you can't prove that I wasn't operating a public wi-fi at the time you claim your asset was downloaded.

    Enclosed is an invoice for my time and effort in handling your frivolous lawsuit, for which I will sue in federal court if not paid within 30 days.

    Yours truly,

    John Doe
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,717   +857

    Don't steal and you won't have to worry about the Feds knocking at your door. I'm not sure why this is such a difficult concept to grasp.
  12. The most common sense suggestion.
  13. neonxy

    neonxy TS Rookie

    You are right. No excuse for stealing/piracy.
  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I know this is an exception to the rule, but still.


    What if you made an enemy of someone and they intentionally did this to you, and your reputation was forever stained. Just saying...
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,001   +2,532

    You might want to look up "decimation". I'm just sayin'. Oh hell, look up the past tense, "decimated" while you're at it.
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Of course...it's supposed to be 'definition of character':rolleyes:
  17. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I'm willing to lose 10% of my character for the right price.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,001   +2,532

    Here I thought it was, "defecation" of character?

    I'm sure glad you guys helped float that to the top for me.
  19. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    no, no...It's self defecating humor.
  20. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Sure, first they go after the people who downloaded movie illegally, then they'll be deciding what websites you can't go to as well.

    It's like we're really Chinese!
  21. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    This wouldn't happen if you were running proxies and peer-guardian :p

    But the smartest thing to do in this case is to ask for proof that you were the one who did the downloading and not someone else piggy-backing off of you. Either the lawyers will ask the court to shell out money for warrants of hard drive seizures or they'll all just say "you know what? Don't worry about it. They're right. We have no proof it was them." Just think about how much money and time would be spent on getting warrants approved and then going through all the info on all those hard drives. It just isn't worth it. Unfortunately, if you caught downloading, you most likely aren't smart enough to think of this, lol.
  22. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,318   +1,404

    Of course they can always subpoena your harddrives, look what they did with geohotz. It really isn't that hard or expensive to do. It isn't even that hard to search for files on a harddrive. With the Windows search function and a few minutes I can find your music and movies. People don't hide pirated stuff like they hide their porn, very easy to find.
  23. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    Its ok rest of the world, its only Americans included on there, no mention of my ISP ot any other Uk ISPs for that matter.
  24. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    I swear you're just as bad as religious zealots.
  25. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    This whole taking downloaders to court thing is just so futile in my opinion.

    Like hitting a bull with a feather and hoping it will behave.
    When will these companys learn....

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