Guy Agrees To Pay $250,000* Just Days After Being Sued For Uploading Movies
from the *-may-not-actually-be-$250,000 dept
TorrentFreak notes that a guy who was apparently sued for uploading some porn movies from Liberty Media agreed to settle the lawsuit just four days later with a settlement that claims he'll pay $250,000. What's odd, of course, is that seems like a rather large settlement -- especially done so fast, with no apparently legal fight. However, TorrentFreak noted a little semi-hidden caveat in the consent agreement:
Defendant has an opportunity to reduce the amount payable to Plaintiff if Defendant ceases any further content theft (whether the Plaintiffís content or anyone elses), and if he makes regular payments toward the judgment on a schedule which will be agreed upon between the parties in a separate settlement agreement.Reading between the lines, it seems likely that the company and the guy worked out a much lower actual settlement amount, and basically the guy is really paying that. But this way, if he's found to infringe again, it'll jump up to $250,000. In the meantime, though, it gives Liberty Media the ability to claim it got a $250,000 settlement, even though it's unlikely to actually be anywhere near there.