A couple of weeks back, news hit that the producer of the Hurt Locker planned to sue thousands of BitTorrent users for pirating the award-winning movie. Today we learn that Voltage Pictures has filed suit against 5,000 unidentified BitTorrent users.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia states:
"A Defendant's distribution of even one unlawful copy of a motion picture can result in the nearly instantaneous worldwide distribution of that single copy to a limitless number of people. The Plaintiff new seeks redress for this rampant infringement of their exclusive rights."
The next step will be for Voltage to subpoena ISPs for the identities behind the IP addresses used to download the movie. As was reported a couple of weeks back, 75 percent are said to have handed over the necessary information and the remainder are said to be holding back only because it's a lot of work.
As soon as individuals have been identified, they'll be sent demand letters seeking a settlement. Though there's no official word on what kind of money they'll be asked for, THR reports that similar suits have called for each person to fork out $1,500 in return for being released from liability.
If any of the 5,000 people decided to take the matter to trial and lost, they'd be looking at considerably more money as well as attorney fees.