Sunday 8 May 2011

Copyright shakedown: Friedman edition

A year ago, I wrote that we might expect pornography producers to start seeing copyright lawsuits as a profit center.

A month ago, Camelot Distribution Group started sending out infringement notices alleging that the recipient had downloaded "Nude Nuns with Big Guns" and that he would be publicly named in a lawsuit as having downloaded the film unless he settled out of court. They seemed to reckon on most folks paying up quietly rather than have their names associated with such titles.

And yesterday Patri Friedman received his letter in the mail. If Camelot's litigation strategy relies on accused folks being too embarrassed to want to fight the charges, they might have picked the wrong guy.

Update: time constraints are more binding than shame constraints. Prediction: Camelot won't pursue things further with Patri.

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