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At Least 40 John Does Strike Back Against the USCG
September 16, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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Within the last few days, over 40 motions to quash have been filed by John Does accused of sharing "The Hurt Locker" and "The Steam Experiment". Other than Time Warner's motion to quash, this move represents one of the largest counter-moves against the USCG (US Copyright Group).

As many already know, the USCG is an organization that provides its legal services to movie producers and intellectual property owners who are under the impression that file-sharing/P2P/BitTorrent is causing their movies to sell poorly. Although "The Hurt Locker" was a good movie, its box office performance was not, despite director Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar for Best Director.

Currently, it appears that Judge Collyer is seriously considering jurisdictional issues as a means to quash the USCG's subpoenas. Although a ruling isn't expected until October, a ruling in favor of John Doe will put a serious impediment in the USCG's pursuit. How much of an impediment remains unknown - if Judge Collyer rules in favor of the USCG it's game over. But a ruling in favor of the Does means that each lawsuit has to be filed in the Doe's personal jurisdiction - and expensive.

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