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Submission + - New Jersey using file sharing lawsuits to extort users (northjersey.com) 1

concealment writes: After a lull of several years, 44 lawsuits have been filed in the state’s federal courthouses over the past 18 months against more than 15,000 “John Doe” defendants who, initially, are identified only by Internet addresses that stretch from Fort Lee to Honolulu. ollection of users who engaged in the illegal uploading and downloading of a copyrighted work over the Internet using the BitTorrent protocol.

“The plaintiffs seemingly have no interest in actually litigating the cases, but rather simply have used the court and its subpoena powers to obtain sufficient information to shake down the John Does,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown wrote in May, citing evidence of harassing calls to one defendant demanding $2,900 to end the litigation.

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