by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
copyright, expendables

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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 26 Aug 2011 @ 4:12am

    Re: Not a good idea....

    This entire idea has always been sold as a way to get more money. Turn a movie that underperformed into a huge smash hit. While Expendables cost 80 million to make, it only made under 300 million us/worldwide combined.

    I am unsure how much a USCG settlement offer was going for, but to the producers it was win win.
    They did nothing but sign on the dotted line.
    Money gets collected and they get a check in a couple of months.
    USCG files a case for the low low price of $350 and gets 23,322 Does to chase.
    You stand to get a payday after everyone elses cut of several million dollars.

    Then the trouble started. Judges not willing to go along with the program, people resisting the extortion letters, someone selling a kit online to get the motions quashed.

    And now with serious questions being raised about how the information was gathered, they are running.

    Everyone hates USCG, but who will remember Nu whatchamajigger long enough to skip their next movie?

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