Time Warner Cable tells porn baron to go sling his hook -

Time Warner Cable has told porn baron  Larry Flynt that it will not turn over its customers accused of piracy so that they can be subjected to a vigorous seeing too by his lawyers.

Flynt's lawyer Evan Stone claimed he had a bulky dossier and was not afraid to use it against Time Warner Cable customers who pirated one of the company's porn films.

In October, a Dallas-based attorney Stone thrust three separate lawsuits against more than 4,000 "John Does," alleging the defendants illegally shared the movie "This Ain't Avatar XXX."

The copyright suit was on behalf of Hustler's Larry Flynt Publishing.

TWC said it "had a headache" over the number it had to process was "too tired" to go through the list of IP addresses that Stone sent them and match them to customers. It could only manage about 10 names a month and that was pushing it.

Stone said that was not good enough and TWC needed to turn over and face the music.

However Stone found himself hard up against Flynt's management who also did not want to take on TWC, who is one of their business partners. In the end it seems that Stone and Flynt have agreed to pull out.

Cnet  points out that the case is typical of what happened this year to lawyers trying to have a shot at the money out of P2P piracy.

Several law firms from across the country file copyright suits on behalf of independent film studios and porn studios. Each complaint named thousands of defendants and went no-where. Some of it was due to the courts and other times it was ISPs which were not set up to handle these kinds of mass suits.

Take for example the case of Kenneth Ford who filed a complaint against 22,000 unnamed individuals. A couple of weeks ago the Judge dismissed all but one defendant and told Ford he would have to file a separate lawsuit for each defendant.

This means that it would cost Ford and his client $7.7 million in court fees to pursue all the defendants.

It looks like while the P2P users are in big numbers, they are still untouchable.