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More 'Hurt Locker' lawsuits coming

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Jul 2010 23:07 User comments (21)

More 'Hurt Locker' lawsuits coming In late May we reported that "Hurt Locker" producer Voltage Pictures was suing thousands of alleged pirates for downloading the film online.
Voltage sued 5000 unidentified pirates accused of downloading the 2009 Best Picture, and the company said a lot more were coming.

The movie was leaked to the Internet, in full DVD quality, about 6 months before its nationwide release in the U.S. Despite winning Best Picture, the film only grossed $17 million USD domestic in theaters.

Voltage is backed by the U.S. Copyright Group, a group devoted to suing alleged pirates on behalf of independent film production companies.

After the pirates were identified by their IP addresses they were sent letters demanding $1500 to settle. If the case eventually goes to court, Voltage says it will be seeking $150,000 in damages.

The U.S. Copyright Group will begin the second round of lawsuits starting August 1st, says THR, with up to 45,000 more suits expected.

We will keep you updated.

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21 user comments

118.7.2010 23:24
llongtheD
Inactive

Sounds like legalized extortion to me. I hope their lawsuits lose them more money than the RIAA's ridiculous lawsuits have lost them.

218.7.2010 23:37
josh6113
Unverified new user

how many times do I have to say it!.......the downloaders are not at fault.....the damn uploaders are!.....those are the ones violating copywrite!

319.7.2010 0:47

why dont they just ever let this go? they are making money anyways stupid selfish bastards like apple

519.7.2010 2:42

I would just send them a copy of $1500

619.7.2010 3:56

Originally posted by core2kid:
http://www.peerblock.com/
You really think thats going to keep you safe? You really think it is that easy to simply track down and block the IPs of the RIAA,MPAA, and so forth? Even if it were, by the time the IPs make it on the block list, it is probably to late and the IP isn't even being used for tracking down pirates any more.

719.7.2010 6:15
davidike
Inactive

this is how they make money from a flop

819.7.2010 6:46

Get a VPN.

Sorted.

919.7.2010 9:58

Mmmm.. Debates dling this movie...

1019.7.2010 12:29

I won't use anything but the newsreader..anything else sets you up to FAIL.

They still filling these with several thousand defendants per filing?

1119.7.2010 12:58

Can't they realize that the reason this movie tanked is because it sucks?

1219.7.2010 21:12

Originally posted by gnovak1:
Can't they realize that the reason this movie tanked is because it sucks?
LOL I'm kinda with you on this one, I didn't think the movie was that great.

1319.7.2010 21:39
lykas
Unverified new user

use tor

1420.7.2010 6:41

Amazing...the law suit only got filed after it was nominated for best picture.....

1520.7.2010 6:42

Dam fine film......

1620.7.2010 8:24

ok so if you don't make money about a war during a war where everyone wants our gov. to pull out then its ok to sue people who didn't see it or pay to watch it... only in America the land of the free(to sue anyone) the brave( who stand up for their rights ) then they get sued and of couse the the stupid (who will pay them just to avoid the whole issue) wasn't it a screener who posted it just like the X-men who got released bye an employee of the special effects company but no they go after the down loaders not the up loaders... see if they pay enough money out to lawyers they can right that off as a loss on their bottom line on tax day and then the settlements wont show as profit it shows as awards...by a court settlement tax free.... god only in the states....

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Jul 2010 @ 8:25

1720.7.2010 19:16

.....and for those of us who d/loaded the film, liked it and then bought it what then?

This whole spiteful extortion racket needs to stop.
Sharing is not piracy.
Making and selling a fake product is.

Hopefully the RIAA is pointing the way to the legalised threatening bahaviour of the movie business and it's abuse of the law being a financial disaster.
With luck the shareholders will soon spot this profilgate waste of millions of $ and call a halt to it before too many lives are damaged by this idiotic vindictive campaign.

1821.7.2010 12:24
burninmad
Inactive

I couldn't keep remembering that Title: "The Hurt Locker"? I'm A Military History fanatic.Couldn't wait to see it.Just like ALL the "Trailers" I've seen on most movies: The Trailers ,are better than the movie! Pay $51-20 for DVD ,and watch once or?Can't record to VCR to let tape "degenerate" for 20 years!I Got some "older" tapes now,that I,as others,pull out from our "archives" and want towatch it.I don't even own a PC "burner".But I can order a PayPerView!But after all these Movie Industry battles against some "little"?,guys?I want to make money too!Can't blame them,this IS A Free society! But I'm Stupid! Didn't save my money from my paper route,50 years ago!Now gotta "wing it" on Social Security!haven't been to Theater in years.Mainly because they're 50 miles away?But they're getting greedy!Should I purchase this on PPV,or boycott?You can't copy a movie and "legally",borrow it to "Uncle Tenuse"?OYVAY!!

1921.7.2010 15:27
lissenup2
Inactive

Originally posted by Xplorer4:
Originally posted by core2kid:
http://www.peerblock.com/
You really think thats going to keep you safe? You really think it is that easy to simply track down and block the IPs of the RIAA,MPAA, and so forth? Even if it were, by the time the IPs make it on the block list, it is probably to late and the IP isn't even being used for tracking down pirates any more.
First off, YOU DON'T KNOW. No one does but I can say one thing for sure, companies have set DNS and IP addresses. They aren't constantly changing based on who they're going to screw next. The companies I contract for and work for/with don't change their address schema so it's fair to say that when they're discovered, they are effectively blocked. RIAA and MPAA is banking on most people NOT USING BLOCKERS! So pipe down. I'm presently blcoking 2.35 BILLION IPs with Peerblock and I am somewhat frequently d/ling (including Hurt Locker AFTER it's DVD release) and no notices for me.

Besides...........anyone that is STUPID enough to d/l a movie before it's "official" release date via the theatre OR DVD deserves what they get. Stupidity should be painful. The world would be a better place.

2025.7.2010 6:20

Just wondering are these lawsuits coming for Americans only?

2126.7.2010 9:21

Originally posted by lissenup2:
Originally posted by Xplorer4:
Originally posted by core2kid:
http://www.peerblock.com/
You really think thats going to keep you safe? You really think it is that easy to simply track down and block the IPs of the RIAA,MPAA, and so forth? Even if it were, by the time the IPs make it on the block list, it is probably to late and the IP isn't even being used for tracking down pirates any more.
First off, YOU DON'T KNOW. No one does but I can say one thing for sure, companies have set DNS and IP addresses. They aren't constantly changing based on who they're going to screw next. The companies I contract for and work for/with don't change their address schema so it's fair to say that when they're discovered, they are effectively blocked. RIAA and MPAA is banking on most people NOT USING BLOCKERS! So pipe down. I'm presently blcoking 2.35 BILLION IPs with Peerblock and I am somewhat frequently d/ling (including Hurt Locker AFTER it's DVD release) and no notices for me.

Besides...........anyone that is STUPID enough to d/l a movie before it's "official" release date via the theatre OR DVD deserves what they get. Stupidity should be painful. The world would be a better place.
I don't download but I use that program whenever I use my computer. I got hit for downloading a movie in the past. Only thing was that it wasn't me, it was back when I was on vacation and I left my router unsecured (Security caused problems with this old POS router)

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