Earthlink Reaches ‘Tentative’ Settlement with Filmmakers to End Piracy Liability Lawsuit
Internet provider Earthlink has reached a tentative settlement with several filmmakers, to end an ongoing piracy liability lawsuit. The rightsholders accused the company of turning a blind eye to piracy and demanded far-reaching measures, which included handing over the identities of alleged pirates. The terms of the settlement remain private but may include a damages component.
A group of litigious filmmakers, headed by Voltage Pictures, is pulling out all the stops to hold Internet providers liable for pirating customers.
The movie companies own the rights to well-known movies such as “Ava”, “I Feel Pretty” and “The Cobbler”, which are publicly shared via BitTorrent. The lawsuits aim to deter this activity.
This month, the filmmakers went after AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, accusing the companies of turning a blind eye to piracy. These cases were dismissed ‘without prejudice’ last week for unknown reasons but can be refiled at a later stage.
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