The Makers of “The Cobbler” Sue Popcorn Time Users in The U.S.
The movie studio that produced the 2014 comedy “The Cobbler,” featuring Adam Sandler, has filed a lawsuit in Oregon against 11 users of the popular Popcorn Time app.
While Hollywood has a long history of going after “BitTorrent” users in general, this is the first time some studio has taken legal action against users of any client in particular.
Cobbler Nevada LLC has singled out 11 anonymous IP addresses of people who allegedly viewed and shared “The Cobbler” illegally via Popcorn Time. The studio has filed a complaint at an Oregon District Court requesting that Comcast hand over the personal details of the associated account holders.
“Each defendant’s IP address has been observed and confirmed as both viewing and distributing plaintiff’s motion picture through Popcorn Time,” the complainant claims. “Popcorn Time exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to steal copyrighted content.”
“Without a doubt, each user of Popcorn Time is provided multiple notices that they are downloading and installing software for the express purpose of committing theft and contributing the ability of others to commit theft by furthering the Bit Torrent piracy network,” it explains.
The makers of the movie demand a permanent injunction against the 11 defendants, plus a $150,000 fine in statutory damages. Though like most “copyright troll” cases of these types, they are likely to accept a settlement offer of a few thousands dollars.
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