by Mike Masnick
Tue, May 10th 2011 3:28am
us copyright group
We've seen a good trend in the various mass file sharing lawsuits lately, with judges blocking so-called "fishing expeditions" by the various lawyers filing these things. The judges are properly recognizing that these lawsuits are more about scaring people into settling, rather than any sort of reasonable lawsuit. However, not all the judges feel that way, and apparently the judge handling the latest (and biggest) lawsuit from the US Copyright Group, representing the producers of The Expendables, has apparently allowed subpoenas to go out on 23,322 IP addresses, the largest single group of people sued in one of these lawsuits. It's really unfortunate that the judge didn't realize how improper it is to lump all these defendants together and didn't realize how this is really just a business model choice by the company, rather than a reasonable lawsuit.
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