|Joanna Angel thinks hundreds of Missourians are screwing her|
is a pioneer of "alt-porn," which is like regular porn but features punks, piercings and music that's rad enough to maybe be on your iPod. She and her website Burning Angel
have won some AVN awards
(the Oscars of the skin industry) and have been written up in The New York Times
. She's no slouch in the adult world.
But while Angel does get screwed for a living, she does not appreciate getting screwed by people who pass around her videos illegally online via BitTorrent
-- a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol that allows you to download large files more quickly by drawing from various sources.
So on Tuesday, Angel's New York-based company, Boy Racer Inc., filed a lawsuit
in Missouri's Eastern District alleging copyright infringement and civil conspiracy against 525 Missourians who she says shared her video, "Burning Angel - Festival
She doesn't know their names; all she has is their IP addresses
. It's unclear how far that will get her in our district. More »