99, 924 Sued So Far in Mass BitTorrent Lawsuit Campaigns

99, 924 Sued So Far in Mass BitTorrent Lawsuit Campaigns

Unnamed researcher also says that 70,914 people in 68 different cases are “still at jeopardy” in these mass file-sharing lawsuits.

Since early last year when waves of mass BitTorrent lawsuits began in earnest in the US it’s often been wondered just how many people have been targeted. Thanks to the research performed by an “anonymous concerned citizen” we now have an answer.

“Right now, the total number of ‘J. Doe’ defendants sued in mass P2P suits since the beginning of 2010 is on the cusp of 100,000 (99,924), spanning 80 different cases,” he writes in an email. “Some of these have been dismissed, but as close as I can determine by looking at each case docket and associated legal documents, some 70,914 people in 68 different cases are still at jeopardy in these mass suits.”

As you can see in the graph below, the amount increases from nearly zero at the start of 2010 to a staggering 99,924 as of yesterday.

“My intent in putting this spreadsheet together was to provide a public single-file resource to compactly collect information about all of these cases in one place and to provide it to anyone who might be inclined to publicize it, write about it, analyze what is happening, and/or anything else for which having the information collected in one place might be useful,” he adds.

The US Copyright Group has been among the more prolific Plaintiffs in the campaign, seemingly pioneering the art of the mass BitTorrent lawsuit with its efforts on behalf of movies like “Far Cry” and “The Hurt Locker,” but was joined in the fray over the closing months of last year by porn industry groups like the Adult Copyright Company which have raised the stakes dramatically. On November 8th alone it targeted 9,729 John Does which was on top of 7,098 targeted just a week before.

Those cases, as well as the USCG’s before it, suffered a series of setbacks last month after presiding US Distrcit judges ordered thast the list of defendants be narrowed to only those with an IP address withing the court’s jurisdiction.

In fact, the USCG has had to make good on its threat to sue settlement holdouts by first going after several individuals in Minnesota. Last July it said it had enlisted the help of some 15 law firms around the country to begin filing individual lawsuits against people in their respective areas who have refused to settle out court. The accused are given the chance to settle out of court for as little as $1500 with the penalties going up further if it gets no response.

The “anonymous concerned citizen” says he plans on maintaining this spreadsheet, adding new cases and updating existing ones as he becomes aware of any changes.

You can view the data in full here on Google Docs.

The “anonymous concerned citizen” says he plans on maintaining this spreadsheet, adding new cases and updating existing ones as he becomes aware of any changes.

You can view the data in full here on Google Docs.

Stay tuned.

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