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Fred Goldman Files Lawsuit Against File-Sharing Site

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Nov 30, 2007 | 4:48am EST

The father of Ron Goldman is taking legal action against a file-sharing Web site that has posted O.J. Simpson's book If I Did It.

Fred Goldman owns the rights to the tome, in which the shamed former football star places himself at the scene of the 1994 killings of Goldman and his friend Nicole Brown, and claims he has lost over $150,000 in sales profits since Swedish site The Pirate Bay made the book available for free downloading.

Goldman's attorneys have sent a letter demanding that the site's operators stop posting the book. However, the defendants have indicated that "they are not subject to the laws of the United States."

The lawsuit seeks to recover profits from the "illegal publication" of the book--as the Goldman estate could lose out on a substantial sum as a court ruled they will receive 90 percent of the book's profits.

David Cook, Goldman's attorney, says, "Ron Goldman LLC will never be able to stop these pirates from posting that book online, but they can do that in the poorhouse."

Goldman's father Fred and sister Kim were awarded the publishing rights to the book by a federal judge in Florida in July after campaigning to stop Simpson from releasing it last year. 

Simpson has paid very little of the $33.5 million in damages he was ordered to pay to the Goldman family by a civil court after being sued for wrongful death--with the Goldmans hoping to recoup part of this sum through If I Did It.

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