‘Copyright Trolls’ Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Theft by Deception
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‘Copyright Trolls’ Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Theft by Deception

A new class-action lawsuit is targeting a group of filmmakers, lawyers, and BitTorrent monitoring experts. According to a complaint filed at an Illinois federal court, the "copyright trolls" have been engaging in misleading, threatening and intimidating tactics in order to obtain settlements from alleged movie pirates. In recent years so-called copyright trolls have been accused of various dubious schemes and actions, including intimidation and extortion. Last month it became apparent that these concerns are not just one-sided complaints, when the U.S. Government launched a criminal case against two of Prenda Law’s principals. This week, copyright trolling allegations are once again brought to the forefront. In a class action lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal court on behalf of accused pirates, a group of rightsholders, lawyers, and a torrent monitoring expert are accused taking part in an “extortion conspiracy.” The case centers around Clear Skies Network (CSN) which brought several lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the movie “ Good Kill .” As is common in these campaigns, the rightsholders work in tandem with lawyers and BitTorrent monitoring experts to make their case. One of their targets was a 62-year-old woman, who has now decided to strike back, also on behalf […]

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