BitTorrent for Dummies readers follow directions get sued

first_imgIf you grew up in the 1980s, then you may remember a televised public service announcement that was part of that decade’s “war on drugs.” A mustachioed father approaches his teenage son and interrogates him about a box filled with (unspecified) paraphernalia. After a series of denials and evasions on the son’s part, he finally erupts with “You, alright?! I learned it by watching you!!” The father shrinks in shame as a voiceover continues “parents who use drugs have children who use drugs.”Perhaps the 27 BitTorrent users that John Wiley and Sons are suing will want to keep that defense in mind when their case goes to court. After all, the company is the publisher of BitTorrent for Dummies, along with (seemingly) thousands of other X for Dummies titles.The 27 John Does are being sued in a New York federal court. They allegedly shared various Wiley and Sons titles on October 18 and 19 of this year. All of the IP addresses listed in the suit are in New York. Along with the fact that they kept the defendant list relatively low (compared to the 24,000 or so in the famous Hurt Locker lawsuit), targeting locals suggests that the publisher may be prepared to actually take these to court. Mass file sharing cases are typically intended to scare defendants into reaching settlements, as nobody can possibly follow through with hundreds (or thousands) of cases.The suit lists several Wiley & Sons books that were shared. These include Photoshop CS5 for Dummies, AutoCAD 2011 for Dummies, Daytrading for Dummies, and WordPress for Dummies. BitTorrent for Dummies was not listed in the filed legal papers.While BitTorrent for Dummies is careful not to say anything that would make the publisher responsible for illegal file sharing, John Wiley and Sons has obviously been profiting off of those who want to get a free copy of the latest Twilight movie or Lady Gaga album. Is there legal content on BitTorrent as well? Of course. But are a high percentage of this book’s readers learning how they can get open source software or freely distributed albums from anonymous independent artists?It isn’t known for certain whether the “I learned it from watching you, Dad!” defense is admissible in court, but perhaps these 27 defendants will want to consult with their attorneys.via Torrent Freaklast_img read more