HOWTO avoid a copyright shakedown legal threat: be famous, a politician, a cop, a soldier or a corpse

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10 Responses to “HOWTO avoid a copyright shakedown legal threat: be famous, a politician, a cop, a soldier or a corpse”

  1. It’s also possible, however, they may just put up an embarrassing and potentially expensive fight.

    *dingdingding* Think they got it spot on right there. These mass shakedowns don’t really hold up well under judicial scrutiny. Having someone who could pay for the lawyers to fight back would be exactly what they fear. They just look for low-hanging fruit to prey upon.

    It reminds me of those scammers that send bills to thousands of business, because all they need are a few unobservant accounting departments to make it worth their while.

    • Chrs says:

      Potentially expensive, and potentially directly harmful to their business model.

      They can actually affect copyright law.  I mean, that’s not a subtle thing that politicians can do, they’re directly responsible for passing legislation that makes a huge difference for intellectual property, what information your IP gathers from you…

      It doesn’t take much negative interaction with these laws to drive people toward an increased respect for personal privacy.  Particularly politicians, I’d think.

    • EH says:

      It reminds me of those scammers that send bills to thousands of business, because all they need are a few unobservant accounting departments to make it worth their while.

      Like this one:

      http://www.popehat.com/2011/09/25/anatomy-of-a-scam-chapter-index/

  2. digi_owl says:

    Piss off enough politicians and laws change. There is a reason why people have been joking about seeding torrents with the ip addresses of big name politicians, and their family members, since these shakedowns started.

  3. scifijazznik says:

    I’ve always wanted to travel oversees.

  4. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    So he is admitting in court documents he is not applying the law equally.
    He is also pointing out that politicians have been caught bittorrenting, I think we should find out whom.  I think those that are voting for draconian copyright laws and shoving people off of the net on mere accusations need to have their own hypocrisy on display for the world to see.

    While I doubt the methods used to gather the IP addresses in question, the fact that some people are getting a pass because of their position should call into question so very much.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

      As noted above, politicians probably get a pass because they can directly affect the ability of the lawyers to make money off of these suits. In addition, you probably wouldn’t get most politicians or celebrities to settle, even for small sums, because of the possibility of the settlement becoming public at a later date. 

  5. Rich Keller says:

    I’d been wondering  why Teddy Roosevelt’s zombie never had to go t0 court over this sort of thing.

  6. Muser says:

    There is another possibility. Rather than the pornographers just passively avoiding politicians and public figures for fear of an expensive fight,  it may be that they have some kind of agreement.  The politicians would rather not have their porn predilections exposed just as much as the pornographers would rather not have lawmakers question, or change, the legality of their activities.  I would not be surprised if there were some kind of backroom deal between them, essentially putting the politicians in their pockets: if the politician agrees not to question their behavior, they agree not to expose the politician.

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