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53 users downloading gay porn faced with lawsuit

If you happen to like gay porn then you might want to be a little more careful using Bitorrent. Lucas Entertainment has filed its first lawsuit, targeting 53 Bitorrent users said to be sharing the film ‘Kings of New York’.

Lucas Entertainment have yet to give detailed reports on why these 53 people are being specifically targeted with a vague statement “monitoring of online infringement of Plaintiff’s motion picture is ongoing.” They have however given the judge handling the case 53 IP addresses, all of which have been said to have downloaded content from gay-torrents.net, which is not surprisingly a website sharing explicit gay pornographic videos.

Sadly it looks as if Lucas Entertainment know little about tracking Bitorrent users so they have hired a new company called the Copyright Defense Agency.

Eric Green, the CDA’s chief operating officer said that he ‘searched for the film on public and private torrent sites’ and downloaded the files from gay-torrents.net. Then he recorded the IP address of all the computers serving him pieces of the file. Green also said “I recorded what I observed both as plain text in a spreadsheet and through a series of screenshots executed through the Windows Operating System, which captured exactly what was being displayed on my computer screen at the time the screenshots were taken. The time of these observations was duly noted in my spreadsheet.”

Eric then took those 53 IP addresses and passed the information to Maxmind who are an IP lookup service who passed Eric back information on the IP addresses. Green then checked the addresses were not forged and that “they properly corresponded with their internet routing assignments, as designated by the listed service provider.”

After all this, and when Green got the movie onto his hard drive, he watched parts of it (not sure which parts mind you) and said “I watched enough of the film, at varying intervals, to determine it was indeed the film for which it was named, Plaintiff’s film, Kings of New York. It was indeed a perfect and unauthorized copy of said film. I then saved copies of my logs and screenshots to a secure and private web server for archival purposes.”

KitGuru says: The CDA moved quick on this, infringements were filed on 5th August and the Lucas Lawsuit hit on August 9th. The suit is claiming $150,000 per infringement as the copyright infringement was ‘intentional’.

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