The Hurt Locker Producer Sues 5,000 BitTorrenters

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.

Full story here.

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  • So these torrenting users are preventing the filthy rich media companies from becoming even richer?

    I don't recall seeing media companies compete on price, ever! I think we should sue them for price fixing and extortion.

    I don't support piracy in any way, but considering the fact that the media conglomerates have not been able to present a solution for easy online access to content over the last decade, I don't think the law suits are warranted.
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  • i'm a good guy, i only torrent bad movies.
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  • If they want to sue someone, sue someone. I have no problem with that. The problem here is it's a form of extortion. They have little evidence, and I am sure some of the people are innocent. Yet they send out mass letters with a $1500 settlement. Even if you are innocent it will be cheaper to send in the cash than fight it. That is the big issue here, and those types of tactics should be illegal.
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  • Or just stick to the private trackers....Orrrrr don't pirate at all.
    Not saying we dont all commit some sort of piracy.
    But it has gotten a bit out of hand these days.With everyone on broadband n such.Well most anyways.

    But twas a crappy movie.They are just looking for money for they're crap movie.Hollywood is mostly garbage now days with a good release maybe 1-2 times every 1-3 years now days.I'm comparing this decades junk to the awesomeness of the 90's on back.
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  • So these torrenting users are preventing the filthy rich media companies from becoming even richer?

    I don't recall seeing media companies compete on price, ever! I think we should sue them for price fixing and extortion.

    I don't support piracy in any way, but considering the fact that the media conglomerates have not been able to present a solution for easy online access to content over the last decade, I don't think the law suits are warranted.
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  • Right in one. Peerblock has kept me from getting caught many times.
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