According to Wired Subpoenas are expected to go out this week to more than 23,000 people who downloaded “The Expendables” via BitTorrent due to an infringement lawsuit filed by the U.S. Copyright Group.
On March 17, a DC federal judge gave permission to demand names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail, and MAC addresses of those accused of copyright infringement. The list of IP addresses users from most US ISPs including: ALLTEL, AT&T, Bell South, Charter, Clearwire, Comcast, Cox, Earthlink, Qwest, SBC, Time Warner, Verizon, and more.
Fines can be stiff, as the U.S. Copyright Act allows for damages of up to $150,000 per copyright infringement. Most defendants are offered a much smaller online settlement option, and the process is quite lucrative for the U.S. Copyright Group (USCG).
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