Last year, Larry Flynt Publications filed lawsuits against several thousand “John Does” the company accused of illegally sharing its movie “This Ain’t Avatar XXX”. Now, following on from problems it had gaining identities of Does from ISP Time Warner, thousands of cases have been dismissed by a senior judge. The road to gaining settlements from allegedly infringing individuals has just become massively more costly, and the profitable future for these type of projects in general now appears to be in serious doubt.
In 2010, adult movie company Larry Flynt Productions embarked on a project to extract hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates. In October, through lawyer Evan Stone, the company filed several lawsuits which sought the identities of several thousand Internet users said to have infringed copyright.
As reported in December, the cases suffered a setback when ISP Time Warner Cable refused to hand over customer details, but now the problems for Larry Flynt – and others embarking on similar projects – may even prove terminal.
Rob Cashman, owner of Cashman Law Firm, has contacted TorrentFreak with great news for the Does in both these and similar cases in the future. Cashman’s company has been working against these lawsuits and it now appears that thousands have been dismissed due to the Does involved being improperly joined. Continue reading…