Poor target selection by the MPAA
July 25th, 2006 by Ken Hagler

Shawn Hogan, Hero. Last November, Shawn Hogan received an unsettling call: A lawyer representing Universal Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America informed the 30-year-old software developer that they were suing him for downloading Meet the Fockers over BitTorrent. Hogan was baffled. Not only does he deny the accusation, he says he already owned the film on DVD. The attorney said they would settle for $2,500. Hogan declined.


Hogan, who coded his way to millions as the CEO of Digital Point Solutions, is determined to change this. Though he expects to incur more than $100,000 in legal fees, he thinks it’s a small price to pay to challenge the MPAA’s tactics. “They’re completely abusing the system,” Hogan says. “I would spend well into the millions on this.” [Wired]

I’ll bet whatever low-level functionary put Hogan on the victim list is in a lot of trouble with his superiors right now. The MPAA’s bogus lawsuit tactic depends on their targets being unable to afford to fight back.

Probably if it looks like he’s going to win (and I suspect he will), the MPAA will suddenly decide to drop the suit, so as to avoid a precedent that would keep them from terrorizing their customers in the future.

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