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Mass-copyright litigation, in which hundreds or thousands of defendants are accused of illegally downloading a piece of media, is today mostly limited to pornography. Voltage Pictures’ lawsuits are an exception. Since February, the company has sued 615 still-anonymous defendants in 17 separate lawsuits, saying the defendants illegally shared the hit movie it produced last year, Dallas Buyers Club, using the BitTorrent protocol.
Voltage has also filed two cases in Oregon courts making a more surprising claim with regard to the downloads: that the company’s rights were infringed under Oregon state trademark law.
Seattle lawyer Benjamin Justus is representing two defendants in the suits, who have received notices from their ISPs that their IP addresses have been identified in litigation.
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