The Makers of Hurt Locker Resurface with a brand new lawsuit against BitTorrent users. Voltage Pictures files a new lawsuit to sue 2,514 BitTorrent users for downloading ‘The Hurt Locker’, the 2010 Oscar Award winning Hollywood flick.
April25, 2012: In a move that is expected to fetch several million dollars in the name of compensation settlements, Voltage Picture has accused 2,215 BitTorrent users of downloading its blockbuster movie, The Hurt Locker.
This is not the first time that the studio has filed any such suit, in 2010 as well, it went on to sue 24,583 BitTorrent downloaders with the allegation of downloading the same movie.
The company made millions in the name of settlement at that time and alongside, also received the award for the biggest mass-BitTorrent lawsuit before the case was finally closed in December 2011.
However with the filing of this new lawsuit, it appears that the studio is yet not done and is quite adamant on taking its battle against online piracy to the next level.
The lawsuit, filed in a Florida Federal court earlier this month accuses 2514 John Doe defendants of downloading ‘The Hurt Locker’ through BitTorrent, thus indulging in copyright infringement.
The company expects to get a subpoena from the court so that they can ask the concerned ISPs to disclose the identities of the alleged online users.
It is then planning to send a damage settlement offer to the downloaders that amounts somewhere around $3,000 for each head count as per TorrentFreak, he popular blog on the updates regarding BitTorrent and file sharing.
The total amount including the settlement money from all the accused users will come out to be a whopping 6 million dollars.
While the lawsuit seems to be fine overtly, it tells a different story from within.
After having an insight into the list of IP-addresses of the sued downloaders, it was observed that all of those Ips have been subscribed under the same internet service provider, Charter Communications.
Moreover, the fact that the studio kept mum on the activities of the accused online users despite of the fact that they downloaded or shared the flick in 2010 further ignites suspicions.
It is quite probable that the movie studio is aware of ISP’s willingness to furnish the details of the alleged subscribers in bulk without any objection.
Additionally, Voltage picture might have the information that this particular ISP keeps log of its users’ activities for above two years, unlike others. In any case, it would be worthwhile knowing the final outcome of this lawsuit.
Evidently, The Hurt Locker is not the only movie to be used as a bait to file case against the BitTorrent downloaders, such type of mass-lawsuit is quite a normal scene almost every week.
Others to join the league of such law suit petitioners apart from Voltage Pictures include Wiley & Sons-the leading book publishing house, Aerosoft GmbH-the makers of “Airbus X”, that sued 50 downloaders and a alongside, a number of adult film studios.
As of now, more than 250,000 users have been accused of downloading files from BitTorrent only in the US.
And the number is expected to increase even more in the forthcoming times depending on the result of the cases currently under process. We can only hope that these kind of acts affect only the copyright infringers and do not engulf in its disastrous clutch, the innocent online users.
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