1,951 BitTorrent users have reasons to rejoice as the United States Copyright Group (USCG) has given up its mass-lawsuit against them.
This is the second dismissal after last week the lawyers dropped their ‘The Expendables’ case (against 23,322 alleged filesharers) without saying if they intend to re-fill the suit or not.
While initially USCG’s suing campaign seem to pay off, the group threatening tens of thousands of alleged copyright infringers with trials, the courts grew increasingly oversaturated with their cases.
District Court Judge Robert Wilkins’ ruling back in July had a great influence on last week’s dismissal as back in because according to his decision lawyers could only pursue those individuals who are reasonably likely to be living in the District of Columbia.
The ruling prohibited them to send subpoenas to ISPs when the IP-addresses came from other districts; due to this the number of defendants diminished so dramatically that eventually the copyright owners saw no benefit in hunting them anymore.
Now in the latest case filed by USCG just a few weeks ago on behalf of Cinetel Films (the producers of the horror movie “I Spit on Your Grave”), the group also decided to let it go and stop going after the 1,951 infringement suspects.
While USCG is probably re-estimating its tactics and schemes, its backing off for the moment does not necessarily guarantee for the BitTorernt users it has been targeting care-free times. Both cases were dismissed “without prejudice,” which means they can be refiled later. For now jurisdiction issues seem to have cooled down the suing urge a bit, just enough to make the copyright holders and their watchdogs realize there are some legal boundaries they must also take into account before going after internet users.