2011 has been a year of very large copyright infringement complaint filings. First came word that the makers of The Expendables are suing 23,322 John Does who allegedly downloaded the movie online for free using a program called BitTorrent. Roughly a week later, a new lawsuit against 24,583 John Does who allegedly illegally downloaded the movie Hurt Locker was filed, again based on illegal Torrent file downloads through the program BitTorrent. It is likely that there will be some overlap between John Does in each lawsuit, but even if that is so, this type of litigation has the potential to affect a large number of people. And the movie studios are not done filing complaints against downloaders just yet.
PROTECT IP Act
The federal government has known about the illegal downloading of movies for quite some time, but it now also needs to react to the sheer number of people being sued based on their illegal actions. Read more “The Status Of Online Copyright Infringement Law In 2011”