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Metro Detroiters Being Sued for Illegally Downloading Porn

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Across Metro Detroit, people are getting letters in the mail, claiming they've downloaded pornographic movies illegally.

They don't want an apology. They want your money and they have a good chance of getting it. It's not a scam. Instead, it's a legitimate copyright lawsuit, and the settlements can be as high as $5,000 per movie.

One woman contacted FOX 2 saying this was all a big mistake, but the studio who's suing her doesn't buy it.

In a federal lawsuit filed in December, NuCorp, Ltd. claims 240 people in Michigan illegally downloaded their movies. "My clients are losing millions of dollars because of the illegal downloading," said Attorney John Hone, who's representing NuCorp. "All we're trying to do is defend intellectual property."

The suit forces Internet providers, like Comcast and AT&T, to give up the identities of the users linked to IP addresses that downloaded the movies. "I know I didn't do it and nobody else here did," said the woman received a letter and wished to remain anonymous. Instead, she believes an unsecured router is to blame and people outside of her home are responsible for the downloads.

FOX 2's Taryn Asher reports that majority of these cases never make it to court and are eventually settled for somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000.

Asked if this is cash grab by movie producers, Hone said the following: "This is all these producers can do to somehow at least bring some type of hesitation to the illegal downloading of their intellectual property."

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