Claudette, a nurse in Eastern Connecticut, faces an unenviable choice:
Pay as much as $3,000 in an out of court settlement or take a chance that her full identify is revealed if a porn company files a lawsuit against her for illegally downloading pirated pornographic movies from the Internet.
Claudette is one of an estimated 150,000 Americans being sued or threatened with suits claiming they used Bit Torrent web sites to illegally download pirated movies. Other targets include a Florida grandmother whose grandson installed her computer and illegally downloaded movies, as well as the secretary of a Florida condo association in whose name a Wi-Fi was established for the use of all residents.
The suits grow as small movie companies are discovering that they can make more money pressuring consumers to settle out of court than they made from movies like “Nude Nuns With Big Guns -This Sister Is One Bad Mother.”
These legal actions follow the precedent set by the music industry going after those that illegally downloaded copyrighted music.
Under federal copyright laws, each dilatation could bring a $150,000 fine, but it’s the public humiliation that has most targets of the movie suits worried. Each of these suits contain hundreds or thousands of Internet addresses with a request that the judge force the Internet providers to disclose the names of the owners. They also demand the identities from providers like Comcast, Charter, and Cox, which frequently releases the names and addresses of their customers.
That is what happened in Claudette’s case. After the movie studio discovered her IP address as having downloaded one of its hard porn movies, it traced her IP address to a provider in Connecticut, who gave up her identity.
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