Downloaders on "pirate" sites have long assumed that
they are relatively safe, and that predatory copyright
owners will only go after Uploaders.
It would seem that downloaders (at least of movies)
aren't as safe as they thought they were. One wonders what
"legitimate defences" people who
download copyrighted material without paying might have.
Firstly, ignorance is no excuse under the law... at least,
not in Britain.
Secondly, it is highly likely that at least some of these
downloaders have participated in public conversations on
public sites discussing the illegality of what they are
doing and ways to avoid being caught at it.
EFFector Vol. 23, No. 15 June 11, 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
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In our 537th issue:
* EFF IS DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF THOUSANDS OF INTERNETUSERS FROM PREDATORY MOVIE-DOWNLOADING LAWSUITS byasking judges in Washington, D.C., to deny attempts bythe U.S. Copyright Group (USCG) to lump scores of peopleas defendants into copyright infringement cases. The USCGhas stacked the deck against the defendants by requiringall of them to defend these cases in Washington, D.C.,regardless of where they actually live.
EFF has long been concerned that some attorneys wouldattempt to create a business out of mass copyrightlawsuits, shaking settlements out of innocent people whoaren't in a position to raise legitimate defenses. EFF isasking the court to step in now and force USCG to followthe rules that apply in all other cases.
For the full press release and link to the amicus brief:
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