p2p news / p2pnet: The new chief enforcer for the major movie studios appears to be switching emphasis away from BitTorrent sites to individuals.
He also seems to be focusing on people alleged to have used iMesh, the new, RIAA backed corporate ‘p2p’ site, for downloads.
Bob ‘Boba Fett’ Pisano recently replaced Dan ‘Jedi’ Glickman as the man responsible for MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) anti-p2p efforts.
With a case against an ex-US Marine who served in both Desert Storm and Somalia under his belt, the MPAA’s new president and operations boss has now sicced his pseudo-cops onto a 67-year-old grandfather.
He’s also going after Chastity McCarthy of Dallas, Texas, who, says the MPAA, used iMesh to illegally download four movies”.
In this new travesty, “The Motion Picture Association of America filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Fred Lawrence of Racine, seeking as much as $600,000 in damages for downloading four movies over the Internet file-sharing service iMesh,” says the Associated Press.
“The suit was filed after Lawrence refused a March offer to settle the matter by paying $4,000,” says AP. Not at all coincidentally, it’s the same amount the studios are trying to extort from the ex-marine.
“I personally didn’t do it, and I wouldn’t do it,” AP has Lawrence saying. “But I don’t think it was anything but an innocent mistake my grandson made.”
He said his grandson, 12 at the time, downloaded the movies out of curiosity, and without knowing it was illegal, and deleted the files immediately.
“The family already owned three of the four titles on DVD,” says AP, quoting Lawrence who added, “I can see where they wouldn’t want this to happen, but when you get up around $4,000 … I don’t have that kind of money. I never was and never will be a wealthy person.”
MPAA mouthperson Kori Bernards said illegal downloading costs the movie industry an estimated $5.4 billion a year, adds AP.
However, MPAA statements about alleged losses down to p2p file sharing are scarcely to be taken seriously, having been discredited on a number of occasions.
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iMesh – iMesh corporate p2p, October 25, 2005
anti-p2p efforts – Glickman ousted in anti-p2p role, September 23, 2005
ex-US Marine – Interview with a movie ‘pirate’, October 31, 2005
used iMesh – MPAA gets tough on China, October 29, 2005
Associated Press – Grandpa is sued over grandson’s downloads, November 2, 2005
taken seriously – Hollywood lies, corporate bull, November 1, 2005