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Shame on the mpaa/riaa for suing innocent people!!

-Echo- 2011/07/15 16:20:20
A recent article i read on a site I'm on allot. If you're not familiar with the mpaa/riaa
I would say Google and read up on them!! They say they protect artist and actors actress etc. It's all a lie they represent greed and stuffing their pockets. Feel free to go to link below or read it here.

As the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits continue to pile up in U.S. courts,
more stories of what appear to be wrongfully accused persons hit
mainstream media. A 70 year-old retired widow from San Francisco falls
into this category. The grandma was recently ‘caught’ sharing porn on
BitTorrent and was offered a $3,400 settlement, or the option to risk a
$150,000 fine in a full court case.

Since 2010 tens of thousands of regular people have been sued in the
U.S. for sharing films on P2P networks without the consent of copyright
holders. Unlike other lawsuits, the aim of the copyright holders is not
to take any of the defendants to court, but to get alleged infringers
to pay a substantial cash settlement to make legal action go away.


As has been reported in the past, many of the people suspected of
sharing copyrighted material are wrongfully accused. The problem for
them, however, is that fighting the case is more expensive than paying a
~$3000 settlement fee. Justice aside, settling seems to be the best
option for many innocents.


But not for a 70 year-old grandma from San Francisco. This retired widow has been accused of sharing porn (Amateur Allure: Kim) using BitTorrent, but says she doesn’t even know what BitTorrent is.


The Jane Doe in this case is being pursued by lawyer John Steele,
whose law firm is currently involved in dozens of file-sharing related
lawsuits, ostensibly to protect the rights of adult media companies. It
is the same law firm that sued people for downloading mislabeled files.


Like many other defendants the 70 year-old doesn’t have the money to
defend herself, but unlike others she’s not planning to settle the case
either.


“It smacks of extortion,” she told SFGate in a comment, a conclusion that was reached by many others in the past.


Determined to put up a fight the grandma said she may have to go to
court to defend herself. And she already has a plan of attack.


“I’d say to the judge, ‘I have no idea how this happened. If Sony can
get hacked, if the Pentagon can get hacked, my goodness, what chance
does an individual have?” she said.


As we’ve seen in the past, the lawyers don’t see Jane Doe’s age as an
excuse, nor do they buy the claim that someone else may have used her
unsecured wireless network to download files. Jane Doe has to pay up or
convince the court she’s not guilty, they insist.


A full trial is also an option, as is usually noted in the settlement letters,
but the lawyers are quick to add that it would put Jane Doe at risk of
having to cough up $150,000 instead of a few thousand dollar to settle.


A settlement is the wise choice according to the law firm.


“We believe that providing you with an opportunity to avoid
litigation by working out a settlement with us, versus the costs of
attorneys’ fees and the uncertainty with jury verdicts, is very
reasonable and in good faith,” the settlement letter reads.


A tough choice, and that’s the beauty of these pay-up-or-else schemes.


News of their potential profitability quickly spread and as a result
copyright holders of more obscure and adult content have embraced them.
Often described as copyright trolls, these companies can make more money
from speculative lawsuits than actually selling the films they
produced.

Read More: http://torrentfreak.com/70-year-old-grandma-threat...

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  • FPSRules 2011/07/28 13:18:38
    FPSRules
    +1
    A Quote from the most popular book on the planet:
    "The LOVE of money is the (or a) root of ALL evil."
  • Jareth Majere 2011/07/15 18:34:12
    Jareth Majere
    the mpaa/riaa are the pirates
  • Stan Kapusta 2011/07/15 18:01:13
    Stan Kapusta
    It's just corporate greed. They did the same thing with the VCR when it came out. Remember that recording the shows would allow people to bypass the commercials. Losing revenue. The majority of stuff downloaded people wouldn't buy anyway. The people should charge them for advertising their product.

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