'Gloryhole' Suit Targets 17 Porn BitTorrent Users

Mar 10, 2011 11:15 AM PST
CHICAGO — Seventeen unnamed defendants were hit with charges they shared "Gloryhole: Dayna Vendetta" over a BitTorrent protocol, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

Each of the John Doe defendants, according to the suit, reside within Illinois and uploaded and downloaded "Gloryhole: Dayna Vendetta" between late November and early January. The 17 Does have been charged with copyright infringment and civil conspiracy.

MCGIP LLC of Minneapolis, which owns the rights to "Gloryhole: Dayna Vendetta," has made two other attempts suing those caught in porn BitTorrent swarms.

Late last year MCGIP sued 316 and 1,164 John Does in two different suits involving such videos as "Phat Ass White Booty 6," "Dynamic Booty 5," and "Well Hung Amateurs 17." But those suits were whittled away by a federal judge to just one defendant for each case.

In the latest case, attorney John Steele of Chicago wrote in the complaint that entertainment companies are helpless in stomping out piracy, with the exception of litigation.

"Efforts at combating BitTorrent-based copyright infringement have been stymied by BitTorrent’s decentralized nature," Steele said. "Because there are no central servers to enjoin from unlawfully distributing copyrighted content, there is no primary target on which to focus anti-piracy efforts."

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