Gay Porn Studio Tries to Sue Bit Torrent Swarms

An American film studio has made history by attempting to sue participants in two BitTorrent swarms over the distribution of copyrighted material.

Producer Corbin Fisher and SKN law have teamed up to sue a number of individuals in the Ohio area who shared hash files tagged to a film entitled Amateur College Men Down on the Farm.

Some 25 people were indentified using geolocation and IP addresses and can expect to receive letters offering to refrain from dragging the accused downloaders through the US courts if they cough up $1,000 to make the whole sordid affair go away.

The case has echoes of the recent shambolic 'specualtive invoiceing' scam set up by Brit outfit ACS:Law which is currently in all sorts of trouble with the UK legal system after its case ignominiously collapsed.

It's not clear how successful the latest lawsuits will be, according to thinq_, given the fact that some participants in BitTorrent swarms do not actively participate in distributing a file. It may be difficult for the studio to prove that the IP addresses it has on record were really behind the illegal filesharing, but the move may be enough to scare other potential filesharers into paying for legitimate copies or handing themselves in.