Hollywood Sues US Popcorn Time Users
Ashley Allen / 2 years ago
The studio responsible for producing maligned Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler, which currently holds a risible 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, has filed a lawsuit in Oregon against 11 people who watched the film through ‘Netflix for pirates’ app, Popcorn Time. This is the first time that a copyright holder has taken legal action against a Popcorn Time user, though film studios have a long history of going after torrenters of its movies.
Cobbler Nevada LLC has filed the motion with Oregon District Court, citing 11 anonymous IP addresses of people suspected to have watched The Cobbler illegally via Popcorn Time, and requesting that Comcast reveals the personal details of the account holders.
“Each defendant’s IP address has been observed and confirmed as both viewing and distributing plaintiff’s motion picture through Popcorn Time,” the complainant claims. “Popcorn Time exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to steal copyrighted content,” the statement continues, asserting that users should be aware of this.
“Without a doubt, each user of Popcorn Time is provided multiple notices that they are downloading and installing software for the express purpose of committing theft and contributing the ability of others to commit theft by furthering the Bit Torrent piracy network,” it continues.
The producers want a permanent injunction against the 11 defendants, plus a $150,000 fine, though, like most “copyright trolls”, they are likely to accept a settlement.
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