In general terms, Finland was targeted by copyright trolls fairly late in the day, during 2013. But according to information compiled by an NGO activist, they’re certainly making up for lost time. Since December 2013, the Market Court has ordered local ISPs to hand over the personal details of more than 200,000 Internet users, so that copyright trolls can pursue them for cash settlements.
A federal judge in Oregon has told a movie company targeting a local Internet user that it won’t be able to sue him for alleged movie piracy via BitTorrent. Judge Michael H. Simon informed the company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters that since it didn’t possess exclusive rights as required under the United States Copyright Act, it has no standing to bring a lawsuit.
In recent months, thousands of alleged movie pirates in Sweden have been hit with cash demands by a Danish law firm. Sadly, instead of the situation calming down, things are now getting worse. According to a local report, several new law firms are getting in on the action, with one demanding almost double the figures quoted by the Danish outfit while warning of additional costs on top.
The movie company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters doesn’t have the right to sue for online copyright infringement, an accused pirate from Oregon argues. In a motion for summary judgment, the defense shows that the filmmakers signed away the relevant distribution rights to a third-party.
A new study carried out on behalf of an anti-piracy group in Finland has found that the existence of piracy settlement letters has an effect on the behavior of pirates. According to the study, 13% of people who admit to using unauthorized services quit their behavior after becoming aware of the letters, with 14% stating they had chosen to cut down in response.
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.
A 72-year-old Hawaiian man is being accused of downloading a pirated movie. The copyright holder, no stranger to these type of lawsuits, also listed over 1,000 other pirated downloads that are tied to the same Internet account. Thousands of dollars in damages are being demanded, alongside claims the elderly man describes as ”absolutely absurd.”
In Finland, tens of thousands of people face demands for cash settlements for alleged copyright infringement. The mass influx of piracy threats has triggered alarm bells at Finnish authorities and organizations, with the Government actively finding ways to defuse the situation.
The Finnish market court has dealt a severe blow to local copyright trolls. In a unanimous ruling, seven judges ruled that the privacy of the alleged BitTorrent pirates outweighs the evidence provided by the filmmakers. While it was clear that copyright infringement was taking place, the rightsholders failed to show that it was significant enough to hand over the requested personal details.
Following a recent victory in Norway, Internet provider Telenor now hopes to put the brakes on copyright trolling efforts in Denmark as well. The company is backed by other ISPs and the local Telco Industry Organization, which notes that users must be protected from these ”mafia-like” practices.