It’s no secret that file sharing of music and movies has been a serious thorn in the RIAA and MPAA’s side. They’ve both tried their hardest to put a stop to illegal downloading but they’re always two steps behind the average torrent user. Therefore, the U.S Copyright Group decided to take matters into their own hands and have been targeting thousands of P2P sharers and are getting real results!
Screw the major studios, the Copyright Group goes to indie filmmakers and production companies and gets them on board to sue individual “John Does” for no charge. They send out subpoenas and demand that each person pay $1,500 to $2,500 to make the lawsuit go away. They even set up a website that accepts all forms of payment like checks and credit cards so they can get their money faster.
When it’s all said and done they split their revenue with the production company or filmmaker and that’s that. Now how is it that they’re able to do this and the MPAA and RIAA aren’t? It probably has something to do with people wanting these suits to disappear. No one wants to sit in court and go through a long, tedious trial that could rack up a hefty bill for both parties.
This method is the U.S. Copyright Group’s equivalent to “sweeping it under the rug”. They get paid and you’re life saving doesn’t get completely raided in the process. The key word here is “settle.” Some of the films that have gone after file sharers include Uwe Boll’s Far Cry, Call of the Wild, and even Best Picture Oscar winner, The Hurt Locker. No one is safe from these guys.
The one thing that really freaks us out about this process is how they get your name and personal info. Are they going directly to these torrent companies and getting your contact via your I.P. address? If so, that’s a whole other can of worms that we need to open.
What do you think of the Copyright Group’s method of attack on file sharers? Do you think it’s ethical?
Source: Ars Technica