Cobbler Nevada tries to sue all 11 Oregonians who pirated Adam Sandler filmSeptember 2, 2015 5:09 pm Leave your thoughts
Eleven whole people in the state of Oregon pirated Adam Sandler's The Cobbler, and now the studio behind the film is trying make a quick buck by suing them. The could-be defendants downloaded the film through a new app called Popcorn Time, which works much of the same way as BitTorrent, but with a smoother, Netflix-like interface.
The rights to the film are owned by Cobbler Nevada LLC, and it was produced by Voltage Pictures, a company with a history of suing over other pirated films in the past.
According to the complaint, "Without a doubt, each user of Popcorn Time is provided multiple notices that they are downloading and installing software for the express purpose of committing theft and contributing the ability of others to commit theft by furthering the BitTorrent piracy network." It adds that "Popcorn Time exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to steal copyrighted content."
These sorts of cases have been going on for quite some time, but it's rare for individual users to be targeted based on what app they happened to be using.
The Cobbler received a 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which described the film as "a slight step up from Adam Sandler's recent comedies." Despite its $10 million budget, it only earned $24,000. If the 11 people who pirated the movie didn't regret their decision after watching it, they probably will if the lawsuit ever reaches them.
If you are in the middle of a copyright dispute, or if you think someone else is profiting from your work, it is important to speak with a skilled Arizona business attorney. A lawyer can help protect your rights in case of litigation.
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