Also I was pleasantly surprised that someone fights back in the court, not merely defending as I was doing, but attacking:
BitTorrent user Dmitriy Shirokov filed a lawsuit last year making the case that the firm has made a business out of threatening people. The suit alleged that USCG exploited copyright law — and that its goal was to frighten people into paying up a small settlement of $1,500 to $2,500 rather than face litigation.
The case is currently pending in U.S. District Court in Washington.
Booth Sweet attorney Dan Booth, who filed that suit, said that USCG hasn’t responded to the claims, and has moved to have the case dismissed. It also asked the court to sanction Booth Sweet, a Massachusetts-based law firm, for taking the case.
TorrentFreak comments on the same CNN article and lists some statistics:
- The first case was filed January 8 2010 on behalf of Worldwide Film Entertainment and targeted 749 alleged downloaders of The Gray Man. This case was dismissed a few months later.
- 203 cases have been filed in total, most of them dealing with adult content.
- 164 cases are still active.
- 182,078 “Does” were targeted initially, and 133,701 are still at risk (133,242 BitTorrent and 459 ed2k).
- Anti-piracy lawyer John Steele is most active and has filed more than 60 cases.
- Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver (The U.S. Copyright Group) has sued most defendants, more than 90,000.
- The largest case is that of The Hurt Locker, with 24,583 defendants.
- The largest settlement paid to a copyright holder is $250,000.