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Old September 13th @ 08:09 pm   #1
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Do you download copyrighted porn? Lawsuits seek to reveal names
By Eriq Gardner

Something is up in the porn world, and we're not talking about you-know-what.

In the past few weeks, massive numbers of alleged anonymous copyright pirates have been sued. It seems one adult entertainment studio after another is filing complaints against John Doe defendants.

Just yesterday, for example, three more lawsuits were filed on behalf of three different companies -- Hard Drive Prods, Lightspeed Media and Millenium TGA. Each is suing 100 nameless defendants accused of stealing copyrighted audio-visual works. The litigation follows at least three other suits filed in the past two weeks, targeting hundreds of others, over content ranging from gay erotica to the cult classic "Debbie Does Dallas."

The lawsuits yesterday were filed in Illinois District Court by a single lawyer, John L. Steele of the Media Copyright Group based in Chicago. Steele has set up a website advertising a "cost-effective solution for reducing P2P-based content piracy."

Here's the lawsuit filed on behalf of Hard Drive Prods, owner of the website Amateur Allure. The complaint describes BitTorrent protocol, alleges unauthorized distribution by a swarm of individuals, and lists various IP addresses whose users "will be revealed in discovery, at which time Plaintiff will seek leave of the Court to amend this Complaint to state those identities, if necessary."

Steele isn't the only lawyer seemingly influenced by path-breaking lawsuits filed earlier this year by the U.S. Copyright Group against thousands of alleged pirates of "The Hurt Locker" and other indie films.

There's also Evan Stone in Texas, who has filed lawsuits against hundreds of alleged porn pirates on behalf of Lucas Entertainment and hundreds more on behalf of VCX LTD. As first reported by the website Slyck, the VCX cases filed on August 27 include claims over theft on BitTorrent of "Debbie Does Dallas."

In recent weeks, other adult entertainment companies including the Io Group have also sued en masse.

The copyright litigation has caused some headaches for ISPs served with subpoenas requesting identification of IP addresses. Time Warner Cable has urged a judge to limit the scope of IP lookups while Midcontinent Communications has challenged jurisdiction. Still, we're not aware of any organized movement by the politically-connected telecommunications industry to speak out about the issue or lobby for changes. At least not yet.

At some point, though, the issue of exploding copyright litigation in an already overburdened court system is likely to get some prominent attention.

The plaintiffs in these cases surely see this as a potentially effective tool against the piracy problem. Adult entertainment companies, in particular, likely see the benefit of potentially exposing people who download, say, transgender porn.

Do you download copyrighted porn? Lawsuits seek to reveal names

 
 
Old September 13th @ 08:42 pm   #2
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Yep, heard about it from Steve Lightspeed himself on September 3rd. Filing the suit was just Phase 1.

Phase 2 started today. He sent out 1000 DMCA notices to infringing sites and their web hosts. Tomorrow he will send out 1000 more and will include their registrars in the notices as well. Every day he will send out 1000 and when somebody misses one, phase 3 will start and thats what he is planning on. People will have to remove his content from their sites or face a copyright infringement lawsuit, and those arent nice. Their web hosts and registrars also have to respond to the DMCA notice or face legal action themselves, and they will surely grow tired of getting thousands of them per week and possibly dump the client that is causing all of the problems for them. Either way, Steve wins.

These tubes sites have been killing the porn industry by ripping off full videos from producers and paysites and using them as content to get surfers to their site and then they run webcam and dating ads because you cant sell free porn. Its blatant theft and its been going on for a couple of years and the producers are fighting back, cant say that i blame them. Many large internet porn companies have simply shut down because of the problems this has caused.
 
 
Old September 14th @ 11:53 am   #3
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Yep, heard about it from Steve Lightspeed himself on September 3rd. Filing the suit was just Phase 1.

Phase 2 started today. He sent out 1000 DMCA notices to infringing sites and their web hosts. Tomorrow he will send out 1000 more and will include their registrars in the notices as well. Every day he will send out 1000 and when somebody misses one, phase 3 will start and thats what he is planning on. People will have to remove his content from their sites or face a copyright infringement lawsuit, and those arent nice. Their web hosts and registrars also have to respond to the DMCA notice or face legal action themselves, and they will surely grow tired of getting thousands of them per week and possibly dump the client that is causing all of the problems for them. Either way, Steve wins.

These tubes sites have been killing the porn industry by ripping off full videos from producers and paysites and using them as content to get surfers to their site and then they run webcam and dating ads because you cant sell free porn. Its blatant theft and its been going on for a couple of years and the producers are fighting back, cant say that i blame them. Many large internet porn companies have simply shut down because of the problems this has caused.

What a great idea..
 
 

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