So they write some letter politely asking them to do what they were obligated to do. So this is just about saving face, and not actually forcing them to do anything with all of the cash they walked away with.
Until they actually sue them to get the promises kept, or the money returned this is just hollow posturing.
Despite us knowing the 'War on Cops' is just BS PR to grab more power... can they not see this sort of attitude & disrespect for those they are supposed to serve and protect breeds that sort of contempt? Do they think they can keep grabbing enough power to stay ahead of the growing rage in the populace? Perhaps they think they know how to contain the volcanic forces building up in the community pushed to its limits and beyond... yeah they seem that stupid.
Even someone abused by a spouse sometimes hits that point where they make the hitting stop permanently. Funny thing is they give the spouse the same kind of pass they like to give cops... it is never the desired outcome, but when the abuse continues and no system seems willing or able to help, self help looks pretty good.
They demand every device with any possible storage, the courts seem to have no issue with this invasive searching. It has already been shown that MM's expert will violate court orders about limiting the search to MM content. This is about producing a list of things and if you forgot you connected a friends flash drive, and it shows up on the list of things ever connected the "expert" claims that they must have lied and concealed it... even if the device was never owned by the Doe. Think about the number of times a friend plugged anything into your computer, even if it was just to charge it. Now sit in a room for 5 hours being bombarded with 30000 questions that range well outside of the issue at hand... your chances of remembering the last time someone charged their phone off your pc?
One might need to ask the court why a LinkedIn account is germane to a case about alleged BT dling of a porn. One might also wonder why a Doe would be expected to turn over details that could allow them to access these types of accounts. LinkedIn isn't exactly TPB afterall.
Forcing people to recall details from events from months and months (or a year cause MM isn't real good at serving Does in a reasonable amount of time) ago, and holding them to having a photographic recall of every detail is insane.
This is more stacking of the deck, creating the illusion that they just hid the file on some flash drive that is now hidden in their anus until the coast is clear and then they will start seeding the file again. Because someone who is actually guilty is totally going to pay 3 times the settlement price to defend their good name, knowing that MM will end up leaking their name and threaten everyone they know with invasive questioning designed to make them settle to avoid the embarrassment from allegations that are impossible to disprove. How does one prove a negative, when simply forgetting a flash drive will be held up as "proof" that you lied about eveything and must be guilty?
For "evidence" that is less than a blink of an eye in length, one might wonder how that gives them the right to unfettered access to the accuseds entire digital life.
How horrible it must be for Lippy, who at a drop of a hat tries to portray us as evil people, has to accept that we have more respect for the courts orders than his crew.
The report reads like great page turning fiction, shame it was written after they got their asses handed to them and they needed a hail mary to keep on the pressure after their plan to depose the entire free world was derailed.
The Pokémon Company International, Inc. should get new representation. This is vindictive and overkill. You killed the damn party, and kicking someone while they are down, even if you are within your rights, makes you the cartoon villain. Would you like to slit a puppys throat to prove to everyone you are really really serious?
Good job giving your fandom yet another reason to consider a different brand, because showing you any loyalty or interest will result in asshattery in a legal setting.
They claimed what they couldn't find proved it, and that there were registry keys of the software left behind. So someone who meticulously wiped all traces of the MM porn that they hid on an external device or dropbox, managed to miss registry keys left behind.
Re: Dallas Buyers Club?? Aren't the original producer's suing the Studio already?
There was no accounting of the income from the lawsuits, and much bad blood exposed in the filings of a lawsuit to get the information. One gets a feeling that the returns promised aren't that awesome. Its almost like 1 ass is trying to keep the money for himself, while screaming how he is getting ripped off while he does it to others.
ACS burned, but not Andrew Crossley. He walked away, with hardly a dent. His information supplier just moved onto a new name IIRC.
The germans have been playing hide the expert, filing paper from fictional people, fictional corporations and have yet to face any fallout from that. They will just invent new names and keep playing. Lawyers will fall, but the Germans are forever. Given the sheer number of lawyers the system is churning out, into a market that doesn't need them and isn't paying enough to cover the student loans, there is an endless supply of lawyers who will drink the kool-aid for the income to just put their name on a filing. They are sure they won't end up like those who fell before them, and are shocked when they do... the laughter of the "IHG" ringing in their ears.
Why do they keep sending millions of defective notices in the US? Because it is about the optics. Oh piracy is so terrible, we have to hire all of these outside firms, give us stronger laws!
The imaginary lost billions of dollars that are always bandied about, do not fucking exist. The problem with piracy isn't what they claim, "no one" (there is always some asshole) is downloading these films and making a fortune to support terrorism. Hell IIRC there was some idiot who was selling counterfeit DVDs he downloaded and created, and he got lighter sentences than we see from people not doing it for profit.
The simple fact they have to use questionable experts to fight this, should raise more questions about is this problem real or did is it caused by business models that still refuse to adapt to the modern times. This is now a viable revenue stream, using courts who could care less to funnel cash from the accused (but rarely proven to be guilty) to studios to make shitty films profitable.
We need reform of copyright laws, to stop rewarding them for not participating in the market. We need the laws to reflect reality, not imagined trillion dollar losses from 1 person seeing a shitty film without paying. If the shitty film was available at the price the market wanted, and was obtainable without 4000 hoops & restrictions, people would opt for the legal methods.
Imagine how much better the market would be if they stopped spending money on these stupid window dressing "solutions" and dealt with the real issues.
Lets not forget that they were also pissed that the Doe did not just hand them his DropBox login & password. That they were upset that there were not references to things that had absolutely nothing to do with the case. He went on a vacation we can't find any pictures or web searches for that.
The problem with MM imaging entire machines is the simple fact they want to troll your entire life, and even when a Judge tells them to stay limited to the content at the center of the case, they manage to locate all of these other things they offer up as evidence supporting their claims. Yet somehow it is always the Does got rid of their content but left all of this other "incriminating" evidence.
This is about doing whatever it takes to get a settlement. This is a cash grab. This is the courts handing peoples entire lives over to the lawyers who violate court orders. The entire system is setup to try and trap a Doe into a position where they feel it is easier to just pay them to fuck off, than to keep trying to prove they are innocent. Forget that the 3rd cousin twice removed visited your house in the last 3 years, thats evidence you perjured yourself!
Nothing Verizon can provide proves any of the elements required for MM to prove their case. This is a play to try and reach 50.1% that it could have happened, and that is a flaw with the civil system in these cases. When allegations are breathlessly repeated, an "expert" can state legal conclusions based not on evidence but assumptions and still be taken seriously, and not wanting the entire neighborhood asked if they downloaded porn on the accuseds wifi are shown as evidence of guilt & not just a pattern of harassment to shake money out of the name on a bill.
It is nice to see an ISP refuse to just roll over and be complaisant in the extortion of their customers. The entire legal system needs to stop bending over backwards for the trolls who claim all sorts of evidence of guilt, but then require months (and months) to harass the Doe before serving the case, and then months of discovery when they claim a solid case from the get go, with a flurry of delays & demand at the end because they can't keep up with their caseload at the home office as the locals don't do anything but rubber stamp the papers others prepare for them to sign & swear to - that they didn't participate in creating.
I do hope he tried to sue Verizon, its worked so well for the others.
I find it nice that they are finally using data they have access to against Congress. We all "know" its happened before, but they went big and got caught this time. Congress doesn't like being treated like the little people, so while partisan lines should make them cheer the otherside going down a peg - I'm pretty sure they can see that they are no longer safe. Sadly this is the object lesson they need, if it will actually result in any change remains to be seen, but I think they just figured out that the "most trusted" servants can't be trusted... and they handed out access to people way less vetted.