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Nu Image goes after more pirates, this time suing Popcorn Time users

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Sep 2015 14:11 User comments (12)

Nu Image goes after more pirates, this time suing Popcorn Time users Indie studio Millenium and its infamous affiliate Nu Image are now going after Popcorn Time users who allegedly viewed 2015's 'Survivor' starring Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich.
The companies claim that 16 users in Oregon, U.S., were responsible for over 10,000 unauthorized downloads of the film.

Each of the 16 have been accused of downloading and distributing multiple copies of the film across the BitTorrent network. The studios also claim that the individuals are "habitual copyright infringers."

The studios are also clearly looking to settle quickly and quietly without any kind of court involved since they offered to resolve the case for the "statutory minimum in damages, in this case, $750. In a court, each defendant could be liable for up to $150,000 for infringement.

Rads the suit: "It is our belief that the transfer of data, storing of physical data locally on a hard drive and facilitation and redistribution of stolen data to others should be considered a 'physical taking' under Oregon law and we felt compelled to take this opportunity to fight back and ensure that those who choose to engage in this type of behavior face real repercussions, just as a person would if they shoplifted a DVD or other physical consumer product from a retailer."

Source:
TheVerge

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12 user comments

12.9.2015 19:33

No, I wouldn't steal a car.

I also wouldn't work in a factory for a few months and expect to get paid for the rest of my life for it either.

Unlimited Copyright Duration: It's a crime.


...just sayin'

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 Sep 2015 @ 19:34

When laws allow unlimited ownership of ideas, it is to a society as iron fusion is to the core of a star.

When verified realities lead us to anger, we must learn to reevaluate our beliefs.

22.9.2015 21:43

They always go after people downloading these crappy movies because they didn't make a good profit at the theaters.

This is their way to create extra income, it's like showing reruns of TV shows like Seinfield in order to get extra income. No one wanted to pay to see this movie, so they rather sacrifice getting caught downloading it... not too smart but oh well.

32.9.2015 22:54

Physically taking would be me breaking into the studio and stealing the masters.


This is superman

42.9.2015 22:58

It's ironic that they would sue ppl who viewed 2015's 'Survivor' starring Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich because it was an utter piece of shit movie - the worst. Nu Image should be sending the viewers checks to compensate for wasting their valuable time watching such trash.

52.9.2015 23:01

Honestly i laughed at this because you didn't bust crackle or even netflix when this god awful piece of garbage went live on there service by accident for a week in which reviewers even gave it one star there its not are fault you made a piece of worthless shat

62.9.2015 23:03

and please explain something as well the same protocols that popcorn time uses is the same the xbox one popcorn flix uses and you didn't go after them for streaming tv shows and movies

72.9.2015 23:17

Originally posted by g_slide:
They always go after people downloading these crappy movies because they didn't make a good profit at the theaters.

This is their way to create extra income, it's like showing reruns of TV shows like Seinfield in order to get extra income. No one wanted to pay to see this movie, so they rather sacrifice getting caught downloading it... not too smart but oh well.
They aren't downloaders they're seeders.

Personally i wouldn't give them a dime more than the movie was worth to hire on dvd & that goes for the downloaders if they manage to get tracked.
This instant fine thing without going to court sounds like they may not be confident of getting the 750 they're asking for,but instead a much lesser amount,either that or there's a cost to take to court issue or perhaps the perps have no way of paying an extortionist amount

83.9.2015 0:36

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
Originally posted by g_slide:
They always go after people downloading these crappy movies because they didn't make a good profit at the theaters.

This is their way to create extra income, it's like showing reruns of TV shows like Seinfield in order to get extra income. No one wanted to pay to see this movie, so they rather sacrifice getting caught downloading it... not too smart but oh well.
They aren't downloaders they're seeders.

Personally i wouldn't give them a dime more than the movie was worth to hire on dvd & that goes for the downloaders if they manage to get tracked.
This instant fine thing without going to court sounds like they may not be confident of getting the 750 they're asking for,but instead a much lesser amount,either that or there's a cost to take to court issue or perhaps the perps have no way of paying an extortionist amount
My man Scorp, testify! This was done entirely to generate publicity for a "straight-to-DVD" lemon, in hopes that it would draw some interest. Does anyone think the $750 would help them recover lost profits? What's more, the downloaders would never have paid to see this film. The studio would want to prove in court that they lost revenue, it's incredibly difficult to prove the DL'ers intended to buy a ticket had they not pirated it.

Wyattspoppa

93.9.2015 7:36

I love to read all these comments of people defending these guys that got caught. These guys broke the law. Plain and simple. They took something that didnt belong to them and they gave it to other people. They got caught and yeah it sucks. How would you feel if you put your time and money into a project and someone took it without paying for it? its like a guy playing with fire gets burned and everyone in here is saying that fire had no right to be that hot.

103.9.2015 10:26

Anyone using PT KNOWING it uses torrents or even some idea of how this piece of crap program works, deserves punishment!!!

This program holds no secrets to its illicit nature. Cool program but it's rampantly jacking software from torrent sites like Kickass and TPB.

I really want to say ANYONE using this but even I was unknowing at the time of inception so a little understanding is necessary. Sadly, everyone will play the dumbshit card and say "I didn't know blah blah blah"

113.9.2015 14:20

Originally posted by 8686:
I love to read all these comments of people defending these guys that got caught. These guys broke the law. Plain and simple. They took something that didnt belong to them and they gave it to other people. They got caught and yeah it sucks. How would you feel if you put your time and money into a project and someone took it without paying for it? its like a guy playing with fire gets burned and everyone in here is saying that fire had no right to be that hot.
I agree completely that media and digital content should have absolute protections for a limited time. But not for the lifetime plus 99 years of the author. Lifetime Copyright duration is ridiculous. It's an affront to freedom and creativity everywhere. It wouldn't be so bad if it actually protected what it was created to protect: performances of works of art. But that's changed. Now it protects ideas. And it protects them, honestly, forever. That's where the problem is.

So many corporations exist today solely because Copyright had much shorter duration about a hundred years ago. If it had the duration it has today, you can wipe several multi-billion dollar corporations from existence because they made their fortunes on expired works of the past. And that's what the future of Copyright risks. That's as real a loss to us as the losses being considered by Nu Image.


Copyright Law is out of control. I know one day people will figure it out, but I fear by then it'll probably be too late.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Sep 2015 @ 14:24

When laws allow unlimited ownership of ideas, it is to a society as iron fusion is to the core of a star.

When verified realities lead us to anger, we must learn to reevaluate our beliefs.

123.9.2015 22:00

It's a reasonable solution, but could be better, make it possible to watch a movie paying a monthly fee as Netiflix where the compensation would be allocated among the assisted films.

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