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Rightscorp Has a Massive Database of ‘Repeat Infringers’ to Pursue

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Feb 8, 2018, 2:50:21 PM2/8/18

Rightscorp Has a Massive Database of ‘Repeat Infringers’ to Pursue

Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has a database of nearly a billion
copyright infringements, ready to use, including many repeat
infringers. Responding to a crucial court decision last week, the
company says that it is ready to help copyright holders identify
persistent pirates and hold Internet providers accountable if needed.

Last week the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ISPs are
required to terminate ‘repeat infringers’ based on allegations from
copyright holders alone, a topic that has been contested for years.

This means that copyright holders now have a bigger incentive to send
takedown notices, as ISPs can’t easily ignore them. That’s music to
the ears of the various piracy tracking companies, Rightscorp

The piracy monetization company always maintained that multiple
complaints from copyright holders are enough to classify someone as a
repeat infringer, without a court order, and the Fourth Circuit has
now reached the same conclusion.

“After years of uncertainty on these issues, it is gratifying for the
US Court of Appeals to proclaim the law on ISP liability for
subscriber infringements to be essentially what Rightscorp has always
said it is,” Rightscorp President Christopher Sabec says.

Rightscorp is pleased to see that the court shares its opinion since
the verdict also provides new business opportunities. The company
informs TorrentFreak that it’s ready to help copyright holders to hold
ISPs responsible.

“Rightscorp has always stood with content holders who wish to protect
their rights against ISPs that are not taking action against repeat
infringers,” Sabec tells us.

“Now, with the law addressing ISP liability for subscriber
infringements finally sharpened and clarified at the appellate level,
we are ready to support all efforts by rights holders to compel ISPs
to abide by their responsibilities under the DMCA.”

The piracy tracking company has a treasure trove of piracy data at its
disposal to issue takedown requests or back lawsuits. Over the past
five years, it amassed nearly a billion “records” of copyright

“Rightscorp’s data records include no less the 969,653,557
infringements over the last five years,” Sabec says.

This number includes a lot of repeat infringers, obviously. It’s made
up of IP-addresses downloading the same file on several occasions
and/or multiple files over time.

While it’s unlikely that account holders will be disconnected based on
infringements that happened years ago, this type of historical data
can be used in court cases. Rightscorp’s infringement notices are the
basis of the legal action against Cox, and are being used as evidence
in a separate RIAA case against ISP Grande communications as well.

Grande previously said that it refused to act on Rightcorp’s notices
because it doubts their accuracy, but the tracking company contests
this. That case is still ongoing and a final decision has yet to be

For now, however, Rightcorp is marketing its hundreds of thousands of
recorded copyright infringements as an opportunity for rightsholders.
And for a company that can use some extra cash in hand, that’s good
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