Piracy Crisis Averted? AT&T, Verizon & Comcast Lawsuits Dismissed
Three almost identical copyright infringement lawsuits filed against AT&T, Verizon and Comcast this month accused the ISPs of allowing subscribers to pirate movies online, despite being aware of their infringing activities. If successful, the lawsuits could’ve had serious financial consequences for the companies. But as quickly as they arrived, all three lawsuits have now been dismissed.
Over the years, dozens of entertainment industry companies have used copyright law to protect their rights online. Some have targeted regular internet users while others have focused on pirate sites. At times, even internet intermediaries have entered the mix.
But when it comes to serial litigants Voltage Pictures and parent company Voltage Holdings, no target is too small and no target is too big to avoid scrutiny. The company has sued individual downloaders, pirate sites, apps, VPN companies, advertisers, hosting providers and ISPs, even an Internet backbone access company.
As far as Voltage is concerned, a case can be built to show that anyone involved in an infringement is potentially liable. This month a Voltage-led coalition of independent filmmakers stood behind this assertion once again, initially by suing ISP AT&T for copyright infringement. The group then followed up with similar complaints against Verizon and market leader Comcast.
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