We have decided to initiate coverage of an MPAA case, Universal City Studios Productions v. Shawn Hogan.
It is like the RIAA cases in that the sole basis for the case is the allegation that Mr. Hogan, by having a copyrighted file on his computer in a shared files folder, was 'distributing' it by 'making it available for distribution'.
The reasons we are covering this non-RIAA case are:
-it involves many of the same issues that arise in the RIAA cases,
-the MPAA has been engaged in cartel-like behavior in coordination with the RIAA,
-Mr. Hogan (unliked most defendants in these cases) is a litigant who is in a position to fight back, thereby increasing the likelihood of a full and fair airing of the copyright law issues
Mr. Hogan's legal team at Coast Law Group, is headed up by Seyamack Kouretchian.
Another possibly good reason for our covering it is that it appears that many other media are misreporting it as a case that involves illegal downloading of a copy of a movie: in fact the complaint says no such thing, but accuses Mr. Hogan of "making" his copy "available". Our type of coverage -- which reproduces the actual litigation documents -- may help rein in some of the speculation about this case and concentrate on the facts and genuine legal issues that are raised.
Slashdot article about Hogan case:
Selected litigation documents:
Cover Sheet, Summons, and Complaint*
Case Management Order*
Case Management Joint Report*
Additional litigation documents will be added from time to time in the "Index of Litigation Documents".
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