by Mike Masnick

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copyright trolls, identities

comcast, verizon

Comcast, Verizon Ordered To ID Subscribers In Copyright Trolling Suit

from the shakedown-city dept

While we've seen plenty of judges recognize that copyright troll outfits suing a bunch of people at once for copyright infringement are really nothing more than a fishing expedition to identify people to be sent demand letters for payment, it appears a few judges still don't recognize how this is a serious abuse of the legal process. toyotabedzrock alerts us to the news that U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams in Maryland has ordered Comcast and Verizon to turn over names in two cases involving (of course) porn companies. What's even more ridiculous here is that Judge Williams should clearly recognize that these cases were almost certainly legal shakedowns, rather than actual cases, because one of the companies involved, Patrick Collins Inc, immediately dropped the case against one of the John Does sued because that defendant got himself a lawyer. If that doesn't indicate that the company doesn't actually want to fight these cases in court, but just wants to get the names to send demand letters, it's difficult to know what would convince the judge.

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    AJ (profile), 26 Oct 2011 @ 6:49am

    Hopefully your average Joe will do a bit of research once they get one of these "extortion letters" that are sure to come, and finds that getting a lawyer to send a letter in response, basically saying you are prepared to fight to the bitter end, is significantly cheaper than paying the extortion amount and will usually end in the same result.

    Your always going to have the 1 in a million that may end up in court, but I'm betting it's a fair gamble.

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