US Copyright Group Says ISPs Who Don't Cough Up User Names May Be Guilty Of Inducing Copyright Infringement

from the uh,-good-luck-with-that-one... dept

Thomas Dunlap, the lawyer who set up US Copyright Group, which mimics European operations like ACS:Law in threatening to sue tens of thousands of people on flimsy evidence in mass automated lawsuits for alleged copyright infringement if they don't pay up, sure has some interesting legal theories. We had already noted that at least Time Warner Cable was fighting the subpoenas, and in Dunlap's response, he's claiming that ISPs that don't just roll over and hand over the info open themselves up to charges of contributory copyright infringement under the Grokster standard put forth by the Supreme Court.

I can't see how anyone could possibly find Time Warner guilty of inducement for not handing over subscriber info -- especially not under the standards in the Grokster ruling. Those include that the company had to promote that its service could be used for infringement, that they failed to filter out those infringing uses when possible and that the business plan depended on a high volume of infringement. I don't see any of those three things applying to Time Warner and not handing over customer info on subpoenas. This seems like more bluster from Dunlap to try to get Time Warner Cable to just given in and hand over the names, so he can send out letters demanding payment.

Filed Under: automated lawsuits, copyright, inducement
Companies: time warner cable, us copyright group


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  1. identicon
    NAMELESS ONE, 27 May 2010 @ 12:35am

    car makers that dont prevent all drinking and driving might be guilty....

    car makers that dont prevent all drinking and driving might be guilty of inducing to drink and drive and aiding and abeting the crime.

    Hammer makers that do not prevent the ability of people or persons to smash people over the head with them can be guilty of aiding an assault or murder

    baseball bat and hockey stick owners need to stop violence 100% or they too can be liable for the assaults and violence that occurs.

    We also need to make sure that gun makers are held accountable for all the murders and assaults with guns too.
    and why stop wiht this stuff
    we can give lawyers plenty a work that we dont need too.

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