Copyright Trolls So Sloppy They Sue The Same Guy Multiple Times

from the i'm-sure-tat's-effective dept

In yet another copyright trolling case, it appears that the trolls are so sloppy that they're suing over the same IP address for sharing the same file (the animated movie, Zambezia) in multiple cases. The story focuses on one guy, who has filed a motion to quash in response, noting that the sloppiness of filing three times raises significant questions about the trolling operation. Either they're incredibly sloppy and not very careful, or they're hoping that by repeating the same IP address in multiple lawsuits, at least one judge will let the subpoena go through, leading to the inevitable demand letter. Either way, it should raise some eyebrows from the court about why anyone would file against the same IP address for the same movie in three different cases.

Filed Under: copyright, copyright trolls, errors, lawsuits, sloppy

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 6 May 2013 @ 2:16pm

    OOTB wanted to talk about how this was just a clerical error, except this is court.

    The clerical errors started before using the same IP's in each filing, they were unable to name their 'client's' work correctly.

    Some were 'named' more than once in the SAME filing.

    I won't even get into the methodology used to gather the IP's and how it could be flawed. They have managed to destroy ANY credibility they had by screwing up this badly.

    The odds of this not being another "Me Too!" trolling case, in my opinion, are low. This isn't about protecting creators, this is about cashing in. Many films are made, not all do well at the box office. This legal gamesmanship is about turning a loser into a winner. The laws are still stuck in the time when the only people who would make copies would do so to profit and actually steal money, because it was costly to do so.
    The finer points of the debate can be talked about for a very long time but the fastest fix would be to add a noncommercial infringement penalty to the law. If it was capped at 2x the retail cost there would be less lawsuits and more effort made to actually get things into the marketplace.
    The RIAA hated (still does) digital sales, but after the failure of their legal campagin it has been embraced more. It is easier for consumers to get the music they want, and as time has gone on the dreams of DRM and locking the content to certain players at certain times is fading away. They still hope to regain some control or new laws to make it like the old days but they are moving forward into the future because they are forced to and the offerings improve almost reaching the desires of consumers.

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