Somebody Stepped In Something [5:50 pm]
Shawn Hogan received an unsettling call: A lawyer representing Universal Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America informed the 30-year-old software developer that they were suing him for downloading Meet the Fockers over BitTorrent. Hogan was baffled. Not only does he deny the accusation, he says he already owned the film on DVD. The attorney said they would settle for $2,500. Hogan declined.
[...] Hogan, who coded his way to millions as the CEO of Digital Point Solutions, is determined to change this. Though he expects to incur more than $100,000 in legal fees, he thinks itâ€™s a small price to pay to challenge the MPAAâ€™s tactics. â€œTheyâ€™re completely abusing the system,â€ Hogan says. â€œI would spend well into the millions on this.â€
Of course, the MPAA isnâ€™t backing down either. â€œI hear Mr. Hogan has said, â€˜Iâ€™m absolutely going to go to trial,â€™ and that is his prerogative,â€ says John G. Malcolm, the MPAAâ€™s head of antipiracy. â€œWe look forward to addressing his issues in a court of law.â€ Look for a jury to weigh in by next summer.