Friday, February 25, 2011

Moving Targets

UPDATE: The lawsuits brought for allegations of illegal downloads of the movie “The Hurt Locker” are moving forward. Last year, the U.S. Copyright Group filed a copyright infringement complaint with a federal court in Washington D.C., naming 5,000 unidentified defendants.

Earlier this month, the Copyright Group filed multiple additional complaints for infringement of the movie across the country. Unlike their previous lawsuit, these lawsuits name individual Defendants.

The lawsuits were also filed in courts that have jurisdiction in the areas where the alleged illegal downloading occurred. There are several different venues: federal courts in Massachusetts (where a favorable judgment in the music downloading context already took place), Minnesota (where the Jammie Thomas music download case resulted in favorable jury results for copyright holders) and Colorado, among others.

News reports indicate that the individuals named in the lawsuits are those who previously refused to settle with Plaintiffs. (The reports indicate offers for settlement in the $1,500-$3,000 range.)

Will these lawsuits move forward? Will Defendants settle now that they have been named in lawsuits?

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