by Mike Masnick
Mon, Jan 31st 2011 8:40am
We've been covering the mass copyright infringement lawsuits being filed in the US over the past year or so. Most of them aren't designed with the idea of actually taking anyone to court, but mainly to threaten people into "settling" (i.e., paying up) to avoid the lawsuit. A "concerned citizen" hoping to remain anonymous has taken the time to put together an amazingly detailed spreadsheet cataloging all of these lawsuits. He claims that he will continue to keep it updated. One stunning point from the data? Between January 1, 2010 and now, 99,924 "John Does" have been sued in this manner. If I don't hurry up and publish this post, I imagine we'll have already passed 100,000.
While many of the John Doe cases have been dismissed, the spreadsheet shows that 70,914 have not yet been dismissed, so there are plenty to go. When 100,000 people are getting sued anonymously by just a few firms, at what point do the courts and politicians realize that something is broken with the law?
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