Germany's prosecutors are looking for ways to deal with the flood of mass-lawsuits that have targeted tens of thousands of the country's file sharers in recent years. The German IT news website heise.de is reporting that Germany's top prosecutors are working on a set of guidelines that would bring relief to the vast majority of targeted P2P users.

The guidelines apparently include ignoring all lawsuits that aren't reaching a "commercial level" of infringement. The definition of this commercial level of infringement is still unclear. Most likely, it won't just be about people making money , but also users gaining a substantial monetary advantage by downloading a large amount of files. There are some rumors saying that everyone offering more than a hundred files for download reaches this level, but heise is also reporting about a different interpretation that would only count a collection of files worth more than 2000 Euros as commercial, with each MP3 valued at one Euro.

Either way, guidelines like these would likely take away the basis for a vast majority of lawsuits against P2P users in Germany, where a hand full of local law offices has been targeting users for as little as one shared file. It could also spell trouble for companies like Swiss-based Logistep, which has been supplying many of these lawyers with evidence to conduct their mass lawsuit campaigns.

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