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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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  • Re:Safe torrents? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TheLink (130905) on Saturday February 26, 2011 @02:51AM (#35321756) Journal

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

    Check the laws of your country? Or get a help from a lawyer friend if you are not sure?

    I generally don't use stuff like bittorrent, unless the stuff is legal for me to upload. Because that's what you are doing when you "torrent" - you are uploading/distributing stuff.

    In many countries there is a big difference between downloading and uploading or distribution.

  • Again.... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 26, 2011 @09:52AM (#35323160)

    If people didn't pirate, things wouldn't be like this. Funny how it's all the RIAA and MPAA's fault, but people won't take responsibility for them taking something for free instead of paying for it.

    "Now how about sanctions and damages for obviously corrupt and bogus litigation?"

    How about people pay for stuff that isn't theirs to take? If you don't like the price of something, don't buy it, complain to the company about the price. Gives you no right to NOT pay for it, though.

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries