Hurt Locker Producers Suing "Tens of Thousands" of Downloaders

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Hurt Locker Producers Suing "Tens of Thousands" of Downloaders

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The production company behind the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker is gearing up to launch a massive lawsuit against "tens of thousands" of people who illegally downloaded the movie.

Voltage Pictures has hitched its wagon to the U.S. Copyright Group, which has already filed lawsuits over approximately ten other films including Far Cry, Call of the Wild 3D and Uncross the Stars. But lawyer Thomas Dunlap says The Hurt Locker suit, which is expected to be filed this week, will be much bigger than any of its previous litigation. "You can guess that relative to the films we've pursued already, the order of magnitude is much higher," he said.

The exact number of people being targeted by the lawsuit is unknown but Dunlap said he expects it to be in the "tens of thousands, if not more." And unfortunately for potential targets, three-quarters of the internet providers who have been subpoenaed have simply rolled over and cooperated; most of those who are resisting are doing so strictly because of the hassle involved in handing over thousands of customer names.

Downloaders will first be sent a settlement offer from the U.S. Copyright Group, which noted that about 40 percent of individuals have thus far chosen to settle earlier suits. Those who don't settle will receive a second offer and if that goes ignored, the full lawsuit will be served.

The Hurt Locker was a "great success on BitTorrent," according to TorrentFreak, particularly after it won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture. "The hurt locker" was the most-used search phrase on BitTorrent the day after the awards and the film has been downloaded more than ten million times, including three million since its big win in March. In spite of that, however, the film's U.S. box office was only $16.4 million.

Dunlap claimed that since news of the U.S. Copyright Group's lawsuits first broke, 20 to 30 independent film groups have expressed interest in signing on. His firm is also sending representatives to the Cannes Film Festival to discuss more lawsuits with other producers.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Wow. I'd hate to be a low level clerk at THAT law firm. The paperwork would be mind-boggling!

Ouch for pirates

This very mediocre movie never diserved an Oscar...
Poor people who are now going to have to fork in a ton of cash because they figured it'd be good.

So The Hurt Locker is bringing the hurt locker to movie pirates. Let the debate begin!

What about non-US downloaders? I'd say most culprits are from overseas.

Hah. Hah-hah. Well, good luck with that, guys.
I'm actually one of those who bought the movie and, let me tell you, it wasn't all that great.
I see where they're going with this, though. Oscar winners lose a lot of money on piracy.

Interesting when you factor in that the film only did a limited theater run, at its highest it was only on 500 screens over the US.

I sincerely doubt that they are going to make this stick, without rummaging though people's harddrives. Seriously, conclusive proof in a case like this is NOT going to fall from the sky, even with ISP support.

Yeah more like "pissing off tens of thousands" of people. You cannot sue a massive group of independent people. It's been tried before, basically they send a threatening letter to your house, assuming you don't have money/time to deal with it, and you end up forking over some amount of money because they're strong arming you.

How much money do they expect to get from this? With the lawyer fees... Probably zilch. Morons. Go make a better movie.

I wonder when people are going to stop complaining about piracy...?

Why it is against the law is beyond me... And what is even more confusing is that most people seem to think that these companies have valid points.

This is a bit like arresting drug addicts instead of the supplier.
Why don't they simply shut down the torrent sites? What noble purpose do they serve?

That could become a bad precedent if it goes.

Especially if you consider the way BitTorrent works.

Slycne:
Interesting when you factor in that the film only did a limited theater run, at it's highest it was only on 500 screens over the US.

And if it weren't for the Oscar buzz, I doubt the DVD release would have fared much better.

Whew, lucky I rented that one legit.

Yeah considering to see the Hurt Locker, I had to go to the expensive movie theater in the next town. It was an interesting movie but the night scene was just terrible as the start you could hear what was going on but couldn't see a thing even on screen for like 5 minutes. But considering it was a limited run I'm not surprised people didn't get to see it in theaters.

heh heh, I done gotz dur Doovdé.

The producer is just throwing a temper tantrum and trying to scare people. He'll soon realize that he isn't actually going to be able to sue tens of thousands of people, and will probably try to save face by taking it out on the torrent sites or something. I think they've been through something like this more than a few times now.

I got a feeling this is going to get really, really ugly.

I dont know how it is going to work for people outside the US who D/Led it, but, I am sure this is going to be one of those cases that just keeps dragging and dragging

Yeah, they can try. It is not gonna stick but they can try. Most of piracy cases though are unreachable and far away, however. An ocean away. They are basically trying to make up for the box office with lawsuits. Reaaaaaaly low. Almost makes me wish Avatar had won these statues instead.

Cod of War:
This is a bit like arresting drug addicts instead of the supplier.
Why don't they simply shut down the torrent sites? What noble purpose do they serve?

Exactly, you did just bring up a picture in my head of a DEA patrol sitting in a van outside a dealers house they have bugged.
"We got a buyer!"
*They storm in and arrest the buyer while leaving the dealer with the money*

From the percentage they are talking about, only 1 in 333 people will be sued. I would say the danger zone for being sued is those who downloaded it right after the academy awards, since that's when these law firm begin to monitor.

Also, you have to understand why they are upset. If everyone who illegally downloaded it paid 2 dollars for it they would have more than doubled the amount of money they made from the film.

Xvito:
I wonder when people are going to stop complaining about piracy...?

Why it is against the law is beyond me... And what is even more confusing is that most people seem to think that these companies have valid points.

While im not going to freely admit to downloading illegally. I will say my tv is not connected to anything other than my pc and my xbox. And im up to date with lost hehe.

Anyway that being said I have a dvd collection all originals that numbers around 1100 atm. Its not always financially viable to buy the dvds you want right away. And I more than do my dues when it comes to buying legit stuff.

So they're going to pay for experts to sift through deleted computer files, every single one of them?

Goddamn, the providers just rolled out their names like that?

I am glad I am hooked with a Dutch Provider, who used to be a rebel and still maintains their fun traits. XS4all would never ever hand out their costumer base to some producers. But I didn't pirated the movie. I might as well check out the cinema.

The movie who's story basis is pulled out a mans life with no compensation to him is suing OTHER PEOPLE?

Cute

Yeah, any company that treated my personal privacy as collateral damage in order to seek out and punish people who are not their customers is nothing I would like to do business with. I only hope more people agree.

Good luck guys...here's hoping you waste as little money as possible with this.

I believe the term is ''They just pwned your ass''? Thats what you get for pirating stuff!

How the hell are they going to trace that many downloads?

Most pirates are smart enough to use proxies when downloading.

Im just saying this is going to be a huge waste of money by them as they probably wont be able to track half of them...

this sounds like a weird way to boost box office totals

If you get subpoenaed over this just ignore it, they probably won't go after you considering the amount of lawsuits they have to do.

Cod of War:
What about non-US downloaders? I'd say most culprits are from overseas.

That seems, idiotic to say the least, and prejudiced at most. The Hurt locker is an American movie about Americans, it barely lasted two weeks in cinemas my way. not to mention that the US has the greatest proportion of people using bittorrent in the owrld (1 in 5 people connected to the internet use bittorrent is the US).

Xvito:
I wonder when people are going to stop complaining about piracy...?

Why it is against the law is beyond me... And what is even more confusing is that most people seem to think that these companies have valid points.

Because it costs a lot to make and the money hungry companies want to scrounge as much money as possible.

Tens of thousands? That's more people than actually watched the crappy movie.

Doitpow:
That seems, idiotic to say the least, and prejudiced at most.

It's not idiotic or prejudiced at all, it's true.

If you ever go to China (do, it's a weird and interesting place) you quickly find out that they have piracy down to a well honed and industrial scale business, copyright law for non-Chinese anything practically doesn't exist.

Xvito:
Why it is against the law is beyond me...

Alright, put your life savings into self publishing a CD and I'll come steal it from you.

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