Last November, Shawn Hogan received an unsettling call: A lawyer
representing Universal Pictures and the Motion Picture
Association of America informed the 30-year-old software
developer that they were suing him for downloading Meet the
Fockers over BitTorrent. Hogan was baffled. Not only does he
deny the accusation, he says he already owned the film on DVD.
The attorney said they would settle for $2,500. Hogan declined.
Though he expects to incur more than $100,000 in legal fees, he
thinks it’s a small price to pay to challenge the MPAA’s
tactics. “They’re completely abusing the system,” Hogan says. “I
would spend well into the millions on this.”