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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 16:15

Porn industry tries RIAA tactics

Written by Nick Farell
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Discovers why it didn't work
The RIAA abandoned its plans to sue file sharers into a coma after it was found not to deter people and it was hard to identify who was stealing the content. That has not stopped the porn industry doing the same thing with similarly disastrous results and there is evidence that it is already backfiring.

A US grandmother whose 14-year-old grandson set up her Wi-Fi system has been named and shamed in a in a lawsuit filed by a porn film studio. In another case the secretary of a condo association that offered free wireless internet access to its members has been slapped with a letter demanding $3,000 after someone downloaded a film. The problem is that anyone with access to the computer, even a neighbour tapping into another home's Internet service, could have downloaded the movie, not just the person on the receiving end of the lawsuit.

In the US there is a bunch of lawyers gathering together to fight what has been dubbed a “perfectly designed extortion scheme." The idea is that the victims will be so shamed about being accused of downloading porn they will not have the courage to go to court.

Some defendants in the Florida cases have received harassing phone calls, even threats of criminal prosecution if they don't pay up.


Nick Farell

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+37 #1 JAB Creations 2011-07-05 18:05
Have these people no shame? Oh...right.
 
 
+19 #2 Warhead 2011-07-05 18:40
Who cares about downloading when you can watch these movies online (streaming)?
 
 
+8 #3 riciux 2011-07-05 19:18
Well, one reason being there is no 100% guarantee you will find your movie at that given time, and if it streams at given time, that you will have a connection. I download something so I can watch it at a later date, maybe that is the case with others.
P.S. Not bashing streams in any way :)
 
 
+4 #4 JEskandari 2011-07-06 07:49
well if it's streamed you can download it

by the way why not to go to court because you feel ashamed .
If I were those people I'd have gone to court and demanded
compensation for damage to reputation and harassment I'm pretty
sure you can find too many lawyer who are dying to get their paws
on such cases .
 
 
+2 #5 thematrix606 2011-07-06 08:12
Streams offer lower quality (unless you pay) they take some time to prefetch (on slower connections) and can load slow as well. You constantly need a connection, and you can't place them on your portables (which you can take on a plane, or a train, hmm!)

But on topic: OH NOES!
 

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