eldavojohn (898314) writes "Still afraid of the big bad RIAA? Well, Ars points out that while the RIAA has dropped its initiative to catch copyright infringement, the number of cases have gone up in 2010. The US Copyright Group appears to be a company whose sole devotion is to suing the pants off of ten times the number of people sued in 2009. That's 15,000 copyright infringement lawsuits so far this year compared to ~1,500 in all of 2009. From the company's website, their services listed are: 'Infringement monitoring of known pirate sites, pre-litigation cease & desist letters, federal & state subpoena services to obtain ISP info, federal and state litigation of copyright claims, general copyright infringement monitoring, copyright registration, asset tracing & collection of judgments, copyright & film rights licensing legal services, copyright & film rights due diligence, international legal & IT coordination, processing of settlement claims & settlement disbursement services.' Looks like in today's capitalism services for being your copyright enforcement attack dog are have been born. It will be interesting to watch these lawsuits naming IP addresses to see how swiftly the discovery of defendants' names can be subpoenaed."
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