Many thousands of alleged movie pirates in Sweden have been hit with demands for cash settlements in recent weeks. The ‘fines’, which amount to around $550 each, are being sent by Njord Law, a law firm acting on behalf of international copyright trolls active in several different countries, including the United States.
Dutch Filmworks (DFW) has announced that it will begin issuing fines to Dutch movie pirates this autumn. Dozens of movie titles will be monitored by the distributor but ISPs are not yet in a cooperative mood to hand over customer details. Worryingly, however, early signs suggest that DFW’s operation could be backed by an international copyright-trolling operation.
A lawyer who worked on dozens of cases designed to extract cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates is now suing his former paymasters. Lawyer James Davis, who litigated Dallas Buyers Club and London Has Fallen cases, says the people involved in the scheme deliberately deceived him. He’s now demanding at least $300,000 in damages.
A witness for the world’s most notorious copyright trolls appears to have time-traveling abilities. Guardaley’s ”expert” sent a declaration to the court claiming to have witnessed BitTorrent infringement more than a week before the offenses allegedly took place. Marty McFly’s colleagues subsequently dropped the case.
From almost a standing start, Sweden has a copyright troll crisis on its hands. Following a ruling by the Patent and Market Court, ISP Telia must hand over the personal details of individuals behind 5,300 IP addresses to companies known to make a business out of settlement fees. In all, around 20,000 persons could be sucked into the controversy.