Notorious ‘Copyright Troll’ Outfit Hands Over its US Operations to New ‘Joint Venture’
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Notorious ‘Copyright Troll’ Outfit Hands Over its US Operations to New ‘Joint Venture’

GuardaLey, the world’s most infamous ‘copyright-trolling’ operation in the BitTorrent space, says it has entered into a joint venture with a US company called American Films Inc. The latter will become the 100% owner of GuardaLey’s US operations. According to Bloomberg data, American Films Inc. currently has no "significant operations". Every year, many thousands of BitTorrent users find themselves targeted for alleged copyright infringement. Many will get a strongly-worded letter from their ISP asking them to stop downloading and sharing copyrighted content. Others, targeted by so-called “copyright trolls”, aren’t so lucky, since the letters they receive contain a demand for cash, if they are to avoid a costly legal process. While the names of content owners are clearly listed in court documents as plaintiffs, there is an industrial-scale system run by a company called GuardaLey operating behind the scenes in many such cases in both the US and Europe. Perhaps most famously, GuardaLey was behind the record-breaking The Hurt Locker and The Expendables lawsuits in the US but make no mistake, the company is the engine behind cases targeting many thousands of individuals all around the world. GuardaLey (and close partners) provide the tracking data, business structure, and experience […]

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