Copyright Infringement Lawsuits on the Rise

BitTorrent copyright infringement lawsuits seeking Internet Protocol (IP) address owners has grown in Middle Tennessee, sometimes filling federal dockets in Nashville, The Nashville City Paper reports. In this type of suit, plaintiffs come armed with the IP addresses of alleged online pirates who shared, at least in part, copyrighted files. They then subpoena Internet providers for the IP owner’s identifying information. The City Paper examined several of these cases, likened to the copyright infringement suits brought by the Recording Industry Association of America about online music sharing.