PCWorld article concerning the large number of people Copyright Trolls have gone after since 2010. http://www.pcworld.com/article/237593/copyright_trolls_200000_bittorrent_users_sued_since_2010.html
From the article
TorrentFreak also points out that, despite the massive number of defendants, none of the cases have actually made it all the way to court. In other words, the “evidence” that the prosecuting party claims to have hasn’t been tested, and we have no idea if they have any evidence at all.
But that doesn’t matter–because,if only half of the original defendants eventually settle for an average fee of $2500, the copyright trolls will be rolling in a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue.
Those copyright trolls should be saying, “Thanks, Piracy!”
Follow the money. Don’t let anyone tell you that these Trolls are protecting the rights and financial welfare of the copyright owners. The methods used by the Trolls are designed to get money from the alleged wrongdoers.
Why haven’t these cases gone to court yet? Because the Trolls then place their profitable business model at risk. A judgement against the trolls in any case gives other John/Jane Does the strength to fight and their lawyers an effective strategy.
How about that “evidence” they have collected. No test of how accurate it is. Was it designed by humans? Yes – then it will have errors. Does Windows have any errors in it? We know that answer.
Much has already been written on why an IP address alone does not equal guilt. For the Trolls, that is all that is required to obtain a subpoena and then “settlement” letters are sent out. These settlement letter are a great scare tactic that many people have paid. I can safely assume that some of the people who paid did illegally download/share copyright protected material. But I’m equally comfortable in the belief that some people who didn’t do anything illegal have paid up to just make it go away. I’m sure some people have talked to a lawyer and found out the “Troll” offer was cheaper that fighting. Very convenient.
According to the Trolls, If your WiFi was “Open,” you are still at fault and responsible. I have heard of one Troll claim that leave your WiFi Open was the same as leaving a loaded handgun out in the open. REALLY! I don’t think so. It is more akin to you walking outside your home and not locking your front door. If an unauthorized personnel enters your home and commits a crime, the home owner isn’t at fault. Stupid Troll!
The Copyright Troll will eventually die a sad but needed death, but until all the Federal courts are educated, the people are going to be abused by the Trolls.