Studios’ Copyright Suit Against Download Site Gets Fall Trial Date

Nearly five months after scoring a big copyright win in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Hollywood now has its day in court against isoHunt. In a trial that could see a multi-million dollar payout, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Fox, Universal, TriStar and Warner Bros will face the BitTorrent site and its founder Gary Fung starting on November 5, a California-based US District judge decided earlier this week. And the studios, who first sued isoHunt back in 2007 over copyright infringement on more than 21,000 pieces of their intellectual property, don’t have to prove much to get a win. “Plaintiffs will need to prove that, for each work, they 1) owned the copyright; and 2) that an American user downloaded a Dot-Torrent file of that work from one of Defendants’ websites,” said Judge Steven Wilson in his August 7 order (read it here). A pre-trial conference is set for October 28.

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