Los Angeles – U.S. Copyright Group, which has filed
copyright infringement lawsuits against tens of thousands alleged to have
illegally downloaded movies such as "Far Cry," has been hit with a
class action lawsuit by over 4,500 of those sued, TorrentFreak reported.
class action lawsuit alleges "extortion, fraudulent omissions, mail fraud,
wire fraud, computer fraud and abuse, racketeering, fraud upon the court, abuse
of process, fraud on the Copyright Office, copyright misuse, unjust enrichment
and consumer protection violations" were committed by U.S. Copyright Group
in its efforts to extract settlement fees from alleged file-swappers.
lawsuit also brings to light the fact that "Far Cry" producers did
not secure a copyright registration for the film until after it began
collecting information on peer-to-peer traffic, and argues that this fact
invalidates any earlier claims of infringement.
(DMW previous coverage)