Recently the internet has been in an uproar. There has been a money making scheme brewing in our civil court system with lawyers. Specifically speaking a group of lawyers that call themselves the US Copyright Group to cover their actual names as the lawyer group Dunlap Grubb & Weaver. These lawyers have set up a nice little money scheme. They collect hundreds of IP addresses of bittorent users, lump them together and take them to civil court and ask a judge to allow them to subpoena every IP’s (Internet Protocol address) ISP (Internet Service Provider) for personal information attached to an IP because they do not know peoples names to take them to civil court and sue them. They do this with thousands of IP’s in one case.
What do the ISP’s do? It seems they mostly bend over backwards and do not try to fight it. Comcast has even been said to charge $45 per IP lookup if a subpoena is given. Time Warner and maybe a few others have been trying to fight it to protect peoples privacy while others like Comcast do nothing but warn their users they will hand over their information by a certain court date if they do not motion to quash which means you try to fight it. Not so hard you may say right? Well the problem with that is these bastard lawyers bring this to court in a state you do not even live in! That is right! How do you fight something in another state? You need to higher a lawyer and that would cost $500.
Get this! If you motion to quash ie fight the subpoena to release your information. YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR REAL NAME! That gives these bastards what they want! Your personal information! These motions to quash do not always get accepted either. After you motion to quash you have to file papers that seal your motion to quash. Why you might think? It is because there is an online service to request documents in a court case for only 8 cents a page. That is only not possible if they are sealed from others eyes except the judge.
So you do fight it and your information gets released anyway or you fight it and your personal information does not get released but they try again in another state! Most people cannot find a lawyer to fight these copyright trolls without a lot of payment. After they get your personal information they send out letters and call you for settlement letters and offers so they do not sue you personally that can be up to $250,000. All this can happen though to innocent people. A judge recently dropped a case involved with IP lookup cases because a family house was raided thought to had child pornography but it turned out none was there. Some judges are stupid and allow these copyright trolls to do subpoenas and get peoples personal information to scare them into settling because they cannot afford to defend themselves with a lawyer. It seems some idiots actually pay the settlement money too. If you are one of these John Does / Jane Does do not pay them a dime and do no contact these damn copyright trolls.
Luckily some judges have stopped these subpoenas from going forward and even have thrown out cases involving these copyright trolls. Idiots like Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly have allowed these to go through in several cases and have probably worried a lot of Americans that might be innocent. IP’s DO NOT IDENTIFY A PERSON!
The justice system = useless and so is copyright laws and DMCA.