Now that there's been a few successful P2P lawsuits hammered forth by the RIAA and other large media companies, the idea has spread to gay porn empire Lucas Entertainment, who recently filed the first of its kind lawsuit against 53 alleged gay [porn] pirates. The ill-gotten booty in question "Kings of New York," a porn about people "fucking their way to the top" in the big city.
Gay pirates sued over Kings of New York
The lawsuit is being organized by the Copyright Defense Agency, who say they have a list of 53 IP addresses and proof that the film was downloaded and shared from gay-torrents.net.
The CDA isn't a big agency; their website is a shell of a wordpress site with barely a logo and a name, and its no surprise their investigation was so low tech. CEO Eric Green was charged with the sketchy task of trolling gay-torrents.net (a popular gay porn torrent tracker) for the pilfered film, downloading said film, and watching just enough to verify the contents (what an awful job). Through Windows screenshots, reverse DNS lookups, and other DIY sleuthing methods, Green was able to compile a list of 53 unique IP addresses who allegedly downloaded the porn. These 53 IP's were gathered on the 5-6th of August, with the lawsuit filed just days later, on the 9th.
Lucas Entertainment and Copyright Defense Agency are pushing for the judge to make quick action of their lawsuit, and want ISP's to turn over the names attached to the 53 IP addresses. If you downloaded Kings of New York between the 5-6th of August, you might be expecting a letter in the mail. Lucas wants $150K per download, saying the act of infringement was intentional. They are also saying that more defendants will be added as the investigation continues.
This is the first time that an adult film company has pursued this form of copyright infringement. But what does this mean to you? Well, downloading copyrighted material online is against the law, and if yer caught, yer pretty much caught. However, the amounts that these film companies are asking for are completely outrageous, porn, feature film, album, whatever. This just adds to the precedents, and its only gonna get uglier. Be careful out there my pirate friends.
(via ars technica)