Five Doe parties in Oregon were subject to new copyright infringement lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
The lawsuits allege infringement via BitTorrent of the Shia La Beouf psycho-thriller, “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” also known as “Charlie Countryman.” Countryman Nevada, LLC has a history of extensive BitTorrent lawsuit filings in Colorado involving this film, many of which cases remain pending.
The new Oregon cases were filed by Salem Attorney Carl D. Crowell. The complaint allegations are quite similar to those made in other BitTorrent cases filed by Crowell, with some new editorial flourishes, such as the following:
27. The use of BitTorrent does more than cause harm through the simple theft of intellectual property. The BitTorrent distribution of pirated files is a model of business that profits from theft through sales and advertising and provides a system of rewards and compensation to the participants, each of whom contribute to and furthers enterprise that steals hundreds of millions of dollars from our economy.
One doubts whether the producers of “Charlie Countryman” could have expected that it would have served as an economic engine were it not for BitTorrent users. The film was generally panned upon its release, with Stephen Holden of The New York Times writing “this catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup.”
Case numbers with links to complaints are below.
Case No: 3:15-cv-433
Countryman Nevada, LLC v. Doe-18.104.22.168
Case No: 3:15-cv-437
Countryman Nevada, LLC v. Doe-22.214.171.124
Case No: 6:15-cv-435
Countryman Nevada, LLC v. Doe-126.96.36.199
Case No: 6:15-cv-436
Countryman Nevada, LLC v. Doe-188.8.131.52
Case No: 6:15-cv-438
Countryman Nevada, LLC v. Doe-184.108.40.206