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BitTorrent Users Sued Over Paris Hilton Porn

TorrentFreak reports that the company behind "One Night in Paris" is currently suing 843 alleged BitTorrent users for sharing the naughty Paris Hilton sex flick online.

Filed at the District Court of Central California, publisher XPAYS Inc's lawsuit claims that it spent "a substantial amount of time, money and effort to produce, market and distribute" the Paris Hilton film. However it's allegedly being shared among thousands of users every week via BitTorrent, thus causing profits to plummet due to mass copyright infringement.

The lawsuit takes a seemingly noble leap by pointing out that illegal distribution of Hilton's movie poses as a threat to minors given that BitTorrent downloads do not require age verification. "Minors are able to download adult entertainment content without being subject to the age verification process that most adult content providers require before distribution of this content," the lawsuit reads.

Naturally XPAYS is seeking compensation for its losses and irreparable harm to the company from the 843 BitTorrent users listed in the lawsuit. However its legal pursuits may be hampered by an amicus brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to stop "copyright trolls" such as XPAYS. The organization is asking an Illinois judge to deny subpoenas issued in "pay-up-or-else" lawsuits that involve alleged illegal file-sharing of porn.

"Copyright owners have a right to protect their works, but they can’t use shoddy and unfair tactics to do so," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "We’re asking the court to protect the rights of each and every defendant, instead of allowing these copyright trolls to game the system."

Despite the EFF filing, XPAYS plans to continue on with its lawsuit against the 843 alleged file sharers. The publisher also said that it will continue to monitor BitTorrent networks for additional users sharing the Paris Hilton porn movie.

  • the_krasno
    So his logic is "minors shouldn't download porn, so I must sue them"?
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  • house70
    Epic LAME!.....
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  • thecripp
    Money, money, money.
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  • Stryter
    They deserve to be sued for their terrible tastes in porn.
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  • squanto
    I almost want to torrent the movie now
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  • andrewpmathias
    I'm so tired of DVD and CD copy right suits. I feel that once you legally buy something such as a CD/DVD then you own that DVD. Once you own that DVD it becomes your own intellectual property and you can do whatever the hell you want with it.
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  • tychoblu
    Bad porn, bad.
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  • gekko668
    Its Paris Hilton, what does she has to offer? STD?
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  • This is laughable because they gave it away for free so copyright protection does not count. You can buy something and copy it as many times as you want and give it away for free. This lawsuit is a waste of time because if copyright laws prevented free distribution of items that you legally bought then these CD and DVD companies would sue the software and hardware companies for making it possible to copy the stuff in the first place.

    I should sue them for putting that crappy Paris Hilton tape out in the first place.
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  • PerpetualOmega
    andrewpmathiasI'm so tired of DVD and CD copy right suits. I feel that once you legally buy something such as a CD/DVD then you own that DVD. Once you own that DVD it becomes your own intellectual property and you can do whatever the hell you want with it.tychobluBad porn, bad.
    Unfortunately you only purchase a licence to view the media . . . .legally you will never own it.
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