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German Porn Producer Files 670 New BitTorrent Lawsuits
September 22, 2010
Thomas Mennecke
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There's a secret war against alleged BitTorrent infringers going on that's beginning to compare in scope with the USCG lawsuits. This pursuit, however, doesn't focus on independent or artsy fartsy movies - these lawsuits are focused on adult movies allegedly shared via the BitTorrent protocol. Filed in US District Court in Dallas, 670 John Doe lawsuits were filed by Evan Stone on behalf of Mick Haig Productions, who own the copyright to the adult German film Der Gute Onkel.

With yesterday's additional 670 lawsuits, the total number of copyright complaints focusing on adult movies now totals over 2,200. This is a far cry from the US Copyright Group (USCG) lawsuits, which now totals near 20,000 defendants.

The adult copyright campaign on BitTorrent has a much different energy than the USCG lawsuits. For the most part, it has been smooth sailing for the plaintiffs as their motions for discovery have been seamlessly granted. This isn’t so much the case for the USCG, as it has been fought tooth and nail virtually every step of the way. Resistance from defendants, the internet community, the EFF and the ACLU has slowed the process down. As more time is spent on these lawsuits, it remains to be seen whether the USCG can profit much for themselves or their clients. But with the adult BitTorrent lawsuits, and the lack of opposition, the financial goals of the plaintiffs seem much more apparent.

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