eldavojohn (898314) writes "A recent offensive of porn producers using copyright law against many anonymous P2P users has been terminated by a West Virginian judge. Initially Ken Ford, of Adult Copyright Company, to plan out nine lawsuits against some 22,000 file sharers, starting with 7,000 person and 9,000 person suit in the first wave. Unimpressed, the judge reduced everything down to one lawsuit against one file sharer telling the Adult Copyright Company that they are to prosecute each individual separately as they neither participated in the same transaction nor collaborated in these offenses. So if you're looking to hit 22,000 people with such a lawsuit, the $350 court filing fee will require an investment of $7.7 million ($1.8 million for the individuals listed so far). Ars points us to the hilarious fact that 'Ford has sued enough people that lawyers are taking out ads on his company name' and provides an image of an advertisement to a search. Note this is separate from a similar showdown in US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois."
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