Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, expendables

Companies:
nu image, us copyright group



Expendables Producers Dump Entire Lawsuit; Will They Refile?

from the might-not-be-over-yet dept

One of the most high profile US Copyright Group lawsuits was for producers Nu Image, who made The Expendables movie, which ended up making over $100 million. For some reason, they thought that it would be a good strategy to then shake down a bunch of people who downloaded the movie. In fact, they sued an astounding 23,322 people. After first allowing such subpoenas to go out to identify who was behind those 23,322 IP addresses (though not necessarily behind any infringement), the judge realized that most of those people were not in the proper jurisdiction and dismissed 23,238 of the IPs from the lawsuit.

Now it appears that rather than go forward with the case against the remaining 84 IP addresses, the entire case has been dismissed voluntarily by Nu Image and USCG. That said, the dismissal is without prejudice, meaning that they can refile it. I'm wondering if they're working on another strategy to try to once again link up a lot more than 84 people. If, instead, Nu Image has realized that perhaps this isn't a smart strategy, that would be nice to hear... but until there's confirmation on that front, it seems likely that it's just looking for a more efficient way to sue its fans.

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    AJ, 26 Aug 2011 @ 3:56am

    Not a good idea....

    Regardless of what the blood sucking lawyers think, its never a good idea to sue your fans. Let me back that up a little bit for the slow ones....ITS NEVER A GOOD IDEA TO SUE YOUR FANS!

    Instead, figure out why those people wanted to download it and not buy it, and change your model to fill that need. Sure, your always going to get a handful that would never buy it under any conditions, you can't fix that.. But you can fix the customer that is willing to pay for the product, but wont because the product has been handicapped or doesn't quite measure up to the downloadable copy in some way.

    Fix the problem, don't become part of it!

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