by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 8th 2010 4:17am
us copyright group
There's been some talk about the news that US Copyright Group has dropped thousands of people from the mass lawsuit it filed over file sharing the movie Far Cry, instead focusing just on 140 individuals who it believes live within Washington DC where USCG (really law firm Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver) are located. Of course, this isn't a surprise. DGW has been saying they planned to drop the non-local defendants and refile the lawsuits in specific jurisdictions when it had that information. What remains to be seen is whether or not DGW actually follows through on that threat. The law firm had claimed to be retaining lawyers around the country to work with it on the local cases, but some have questioned whether or not that's really happening. If it's true, it'll certainly raise some questions about the whole USCG business model, which promises to get filmmakers money from forcing file sharers to pay up. Except, the economics of such plans don't work all that well if you ever have to take people to court -- which was illustrated nicely in the UK with ACS:Law, which never actually took anyone to court over file sharing. I could certainly see DGW/USCG trying to "make an example of" a small group of folks in DC, but if people realize that it's only really going after DC residents, that could lead anyone outside of the area to ignore USCG, once again cutting into its "business model."
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