Lawyers and law firms that have gone before them are legion, ‘them’ being copyright scavengers, the first being the corporate music industry’s RIAA.
However, preeminent among these extortionists (for the moment, anyway) is/are Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver (guiding philosophy pay now instead of going through an actual trial) to the extent the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a page to, “assist those sued by the U.S. Copyright Group aka SaveCinema.org aka the lawfirm of Dunlap Grubb & Weaver.”
SaveCinema would be more appropriately named: “put money in the pockets of Dunlap Grabb & Weaver because rather than a noble scheme to rescue the ‘devastated’ multi-billion Hollywood movie industry, here’s what you see when you go to the webpage »»»
If you have received a settlement offer without a Defendant Record ID (DRI), please e-mail your IP address (contained in the subpoena to your ISP or the letter from an attorney) to email@example.com to obtain your Defendant Record ID. Please note, most IP addresses are dynamic and change every 6 to 24 hours, as such the IP address in the subpoena or settlement offer will usually be different than the current IP address associated with your computer.
Acera processes payments and will automatically forward your request to the proper attorney, based upon the IP address you provide.
Says Mike Masnick in Tech Dirt »»»
Howell, of course, was an RIAA lobbyist not long before becoming a judge, which …
… certainly calls into question her impartiality in such a case — especially when her rulings seem to contradict just about every other judge who has received one of these mass lawsuits.
In this case, brought on behalf of producers Voltage Pictures, by US Copyright Group (really DC law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver), 24,583 people were sued based on IP addresses. And while most courts have cut out those outside of their jurisdiction, Judge Howell seems to have no problem with USCG getting subpoenas sent all over the country. And, with so many people sued on such flimsy evidence, it’s no surprise that many receiving notice from their ISPs of the subpoena are shocked and insist they have nothing to do with it.
In some cases, their claims are pretty compelling — such as the case in which the notice was returned… because the recipient was dead.
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