Wednesday, May 25, 2011

US Copyright Group Breaks Its Own Record; Sues 24,583 For Allegedly Sharing Hurt Locker

While US Copyright Group (really DC-based law firm Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver) had some early setbacks in its attempt to sue thousands of file sharers, clearly hoping that most would just pay up rather than fight, it appears to be trying again, and going bigger each time. Even as more and more judges have been rejecting attempts to lump together thousands of individuals in such lawsuits, USCG keeps trying to go bigger. It set a record a few weeks ago, going after 23,322 IP addresses for the producers of the movie The Expendables, and now USCG has expanded its existing lawsuit for the producers of Hurt Locker to go after 24,583 BitTorrent users. Perhaps it's a last gasp effort by USCG before the party inevitably ends and judges bring such attempts to use the judicial system as a shakedown tool to an end.

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