Porn Companies Suing Hundreds In Metro Detroit For Illegal Downloads

DETROIT (WWJ) – More than 200 people in metro Detroit are being sued by several pornography companies for illegally downloading adult movies.

The suits are for copyright infringement … and is an attempt to address the issue of thieves who steal skin-flicks thousands of times a month.

WWJ legal analyst and Talkradio 1270 morning show host Charlie Langton says hundreds are being sued by Third Degree Films and other movie makers.

“Anybody who creates something, creates music or creates porn – those people are protected by copyright laws of the United States, and if you create something that people should pay for and those people don’t pay for – that’s a violation of the law, and they can be sued,” said Langton. “The trick is to identify them and that’s what the pornographic companies are trying to do right now in a Federal Court in Detroit.”

“I would say settle, I don’t really know how much pornographic movies go for these days, and I don’t know how much damages they actually suffered, but if I’m downloading 10 porno movies a week – that’s ‘X’ amount of dollars that the company that made them … would be entitled to that money,” said Langton.

The Detroit News reports the filmmakers filed more than 20 lawsuits in federal courts in 6 states since December of 2010.

One of the Plantiffs is Third Degree Films, who has settled for between $700 to $2,000 some cases … which is paid by many to avoid embarrassment.

The companies have traced a digital trail to computers in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Northville, Detroit, Novi and Northville.

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  1. Irish Cornaire says:

    Oh boo f**king hoo,take the disgusting nasty movies off the internet then ye problem is solved ye ignorant tossers.

  2. Luke says:

    According to the music industry, if I don’t turn off my radio before calling and leaving a message on your answering machine, I’m violating their rights. To me that’s the equivalent of, actually, I don’t know anything else that stupid.

    If they don’t want people to copy recorded music, don’t record it. You can’t walk around naked and tell people they can’t look at you unless they give you money.

  3. Luke says:

    Porn isn’t prostitution, aka a crime, because they film it as a business.
    So, under that theory, If you film yourself while you’re downloading porn…

    They record themselves committing a crime, and that makes them innocent ? Hmm

    1. Ali says:

      luke that was very creative and a hell of an arguement i think lol

  4. Bush pilot says:

    Making porn, it’s like making a cake, but someone else adds the frosting.

  5. skruuball says:

    Not sure what it takes to be a “legal analyst” for a local news channel, but the advice to settle is misguided, at best. These lawsuits are part of a “speculative invoicing” business model being perpetrated by the porn producers and a few shysters. Over 200,000 John Does have been sued over the past year and NOT ONE of these cases has been heard by a jury. Typically, the content producers hire unethical attorneys in local markets to subpoena ISPs using IP addresses collected by some company in Germany using a P2P network scanner. Once they have the J. Does information, they send letters and call threatening a federal lawsuit if they don’t pay up. By the attorneys’ own admission, about 30% pay up. If there is even a hint of a challenge, the case is dismissed because these plaintiffs know they cannot prove these cases. A couple of federal judges in Northern CA and Virginia have gotten wise and dismissed the cases outright, even threatening sanctions against the attorneys.

    It is nothing more than extortion. They are using the threat of embarrassment and expensive litigation to collect money from defendants and they have no intent to try and prove the allegations.

    Get your facts straight before you hand out half-assed legal advice.

  6. pornodoe says:

    thieves, stealing? Legal analyst? Please, these are civil, not criminal cases, we are taking about alleged copyright infringement filed by a whole bunch of ambulance chasers and divorce attorneys.

    Langton, get your facts straight or consult a real IP Lawyer and stop giving ill-advised legal opinions.

    Dont settle, research this topic on the internet and fight back. Vist EFF,org or fightcopyrighttrolls.com

  7. DieTrollDie says:

    I was expecting a better article with a little bit more real “analysis,” of what is actually going one here. This is a business model based on scaring people into paying for something they might not actually done. For some real information, please see fightcopyrighttrolls.com and http://dietrolldie.wordpress.com/

  8. CTVic says:

    Ask anybody who knows technology, they will all tell you the same thing: An IP Address is NOT a person. This list of numbers that Mr. Hone has bought could possibly identify the people who were illegally downloading porn, or it could identify somebody else. Innocence doesn’t matter to John Hone. Once he has the names and addresses of the account-holders those IP Addresses point to, he will send ALL of them letters, threatening a lawsuit for up to $150,000, and demanding that they settle for more than $2000, which is incidentally less that what a legal defense will cost.
    There will be no trial. There will be no justice. Only threats from John S. Hone telling these people to pay up, or he will forever tie their names to the disgusting porn title, and force them pay tens of thousands to defend their names.

    This is not a crusade against piracy. This is an extortion scheme. If you doubt this fact, ask yourself why a personal injury lawyer (aka ambulance chaser) is suddenly jumping into the world of Copyright Law.

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