Last year, lawyers from the US Copyright Group filed a federal lawsuit against 4,577 anonymous Internet users accused of sharing the film Far Cry through BitTorrent. Fed up with the fact that nearly everyone sued in the case lived outside of her jurisdiction, federal judge Rosemary Collyer eventually forced the US Copyright Group to drop most of its lawsuit targets in December 2010. The case continued with a few anonymous defendants and a single named defendant—Adrienne Neal of Washington, DC, where the case was brought.
Neal was served with court papers four days after Christmas, and her response was demanded by January 19. No response came. US Copyright Group lawyers then had the court clerk declare Neal to be in default, and last month they asked the judge to fine Neal $30,000 plus more than $3,000 in attorney fees.