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Over 40,000 John Doe Copyright Troll Cases Dismissed 52

Posted by Roblimo
from the sometimes-the-good-guys-win dept.
Requiem18th writes "From the EFF site: Thousands of unnamed 'John Does' in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been severed, effectively dismissing over 40,000 defendants. The plaintiffs in these cases must now re-file against almost all of the Does individually rather than suing them en masse."

Despite the dismissal, EFF has received reports that some Does are still receiving notices from their ISPs informing them that their identities are being sought in relation to these cases. If you get one, contact the EFF immediately.

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Over 40,000 John Doe Copyright Troll Cases Dismissed

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  • Safe torrents? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:08PM (#35320432)

    Can someone please tell me what kind of torrents are safe to download and what are not?

  • XLS? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:11PM (#35320458)

    It's pretty ironic that the EFF website offers case information in an .xls file. Where's the ODF love??

  • Re:Safe torrents? (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:46PM (#35320690)

    Seriously?

    Uh ones where you are not doing something illegal for a start would be a good bet...

    Your chances of getting caught are almost nil. However, why not just oh I dont know .... BUY your media?

    Not to sound stupid and all but seriously?

    I know there is *some* stuff out there you can not get otherwise. But I would bet cold hard cash many are getting stuff they can buy fairly easily. We sure are a cheap lot...

  • Re:XLS? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TriezGamer (861238) on Saturday February 26, 2011 @05:09AM (#35322296)

    It seems pretty obvious to me. Why use a format that a clueless user coming to the site cannot open, if another format serves the same purpose? EFF needs all the support it can get. As much as I dislike closed formats, it's not going to benefit anyone to present information to the public in a way that many of them can't read it.

  • Obligatory (Score:5, Insightful)

    by inKubus (199753) on Saturday February 26, 2011 @05:32AM (#35322368) Homepage Journal

    I know times are hard, but please donate to the EFF. Even $5. They send you an awesome bumper sticker and/or t-shirt.

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