Thursday, March 31, 2011
New mass litigation technique in P2P cases: sue all individuals in a "swarm" over one video
Here’s a new twist in the mass litigation saga. Liberty Media, distributor of “adult” video, is suing all the members of a P2P “swarm” connected to the sharing of a particular pirated video. This seems to be a new tactic to get around court objections to filing one suit against thousands of unrelated individuals, as in the US Copyright Group litigation.
There is a Digital Media Wire story by Mark Hefflinger on the matter March 30, link here.
Individual defendants in such a case may obviously be less eager to litigate in public.