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Hurt Filmmakers To Sue THOUSANDS Of Illegal Downloaders

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The Hurt Locker was awarded the Best Picture of the Year at the Oscars this year, but the producers behind the film are looking to gain another honor:

The honor of kicking movie piracy ass!

Today or tomorrow, the producers behind the Oscar-winning flick are filing a massive lawsuit against thousands upon thousands of individuals who pirate films online, including their own.

The studio behind the flick, Voltage Pictures, has already signed up with the U.S. Copyright Group that has started its own litigation campaign that'll go after tens of thousands of BitTorrent users.

And it's going to get ugly!

Hope you rented the flick from Netflix!

Otherwise, watch your back!

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54 comments to “Hurt Filmmakers To Sue THOUSANDS Of Illegal Downloaders”

  1. 1

    they're mad that their movie flopped at the box office!!!

  2. 2


  3. 3

    Didn't even see it. Whew.

  4. 4

    who would rent the movie in the first place ;)

  5. 5

    The Hurt Locker seems sooo boring.

  6. 6

    who would rent the movie in the first place ?!

  7. 7

    Glad that I didn't watch this one. Screw those people!!!!

  8. 8

    All i have to say is good luck with this one.

  9. 9

    silly corporate scare tactics. fuck em.

  10. 10

    good thing my internet is under someone elses name :)

  11. 11

    i think its stupid. I didnt spend the 10 bucks to see it in theaters im not going to spend the 20 to buy the dvd and I seen the trailer of the movie before its not worth it anything.

  12. buck says – reply to this


    wait a minute….i thought liberal Hollywood is ok with 'illegal'

  13. 13

    Like the music industry once tried, they are making the consumer the adversary. Big mistake. They should go after the host sites.

  14. zooby says – reply to this


    the movie sucked. the oscars have gotten worse and worse. yes, it was ok, but best picture material?! it was boring in many parts and NOTHING new … saving private ryan was a good war movie but this? just no … nothing new or unique (other than the location…whoopee).

  15. 15

    Haven't watched it… I dont download anything on to my computer.. they have links that allow you to watch without having to download anything….

  16. 16

    PLEASE! Nice try, but it's not going to stop the downloading. There's already software like ZapShares, etc which protects people against these lawsuits. They can sue, sue, sue all they want…but it's NOT going to stop me, or the millions of other people that download!

  17. 17

    They don't get that people pirate movies because we don't want to pay 12 bucks a ticket to see a crappy movie in theaters…its ridiculous

  18. 18

    I got a call today about this. I don't remember if it was this company or not, but their accusing me of illegally downloading a movie on May 2nd. I didn't do this and feel like I'm being hounded for something that I didn't do. I don't have the money to be sued. I haven't even seen the Hurt Locker.

  19. 19

    This only goes for America,right?

  20. 20

    This movie was horrible. Totally unbelievable and ridiculous. All my army buddies HATE IT.

  21. 21

    This movie sucked ass. I think we should form a class action to recover the $10 I wasted in the theater to watch this crap. I would go after them using the RICO act and include the Oscars as co-conspirators. I was not a big fan of Avatar, but it was far and away better than this crap.

  22. 22

    why go after the the users, go after the people who provide it in the first place, or leak your crappy movie online(it's usually one of your employees) . going after the little people, huh?? go play with your millions you greedy assholes!

  23. 23

    There's so many free movie streaming sites online everywhere. They should go after the site hosts and forget about Joe Farmboy from Kentucky.

  24. 24

    Well, I'd lie to sue them for taking two hours of my life of way. Your movie=sucks

  25. 25

    They just want more people to shell out 10 dollars at the theater this coming summer. The movie sucked.

  26. 26

    LOL no one wanted to pay for this over hyped "artistic" war movie.

    Guess, what, I gave my money to Avatar instead!

  27. 27

    Yeah, keep going after the little people instead of the big people who actually provide said movies. The more people you sue the more money you will lose due to the fact that nobody will want to see your shitty movies pushed by greedy money grubbing hacks. People will continue to download and you cant do anything about it. So why don't you just adapt to it?

  28. 28

    this film did not deserve any oscar recognition

  29. 29

    I can't stand to watch movies or the idiot box.

  30. 30

    Heh, heh. If I wanted to see it, and had downloaded it, and got sued, it would be funny. I'd tell them to look up my credit record and assets, then do what they will, and also eat shit. I wish I had downloaded it.

  31. 31

    I'm pretty shocked that everyone on here is pissed about the producers suing for piracy. Last I checked, piracy is theft plain and simple. I pay for Comcast and Netflix so why should others get to go to a website and download stuff for free? If anyone on here produced a form of art, saying a painting, wouldn't you be pissed if someone just took it and walked away without paying for it? It's the same thing. I'll never understand why people think they can steal music, movies and TV shows for free without paying. It's theft and you should go to jail!!

  32. 32

    Re: sarabernat – Go to jail over illegally downloading a movie? You really know how tax money should be spent, huh? And it's not like stealing a piece of someone's art.. It's like taking a crappy picture of it.

  33. 33

    the fair use act and precedent are arcaic and thus, it's not illegal to WATCH "pirated" movies online. but downloading pirated movies is a violation of u.s. copyright and does in fact infringe on ownership of said works.

  34. 34

    Glad I didn't dl this movie…it looked like crap. The fact is they think because it flopped at the box office that a ton of people must have downloaded it to watch…cause it was such a great film that it won at the oscars. *eye roll*
    First of all, the only people who care about the oscars are those who are nominated, those who vote, and their peers. Just because your friends liked the film doesn't mean it was amazing.
    Second, if the information is out there to be downloaded then I say it's free for all. Go after the people who leaked your crappy movie, heck, even the websites that make it avab for downloading. Not the kid who downloaded it.
    There have been several fimls I watched that were "for awards consideration only" or "this film has been watermarked". Obviously, you should be easily able to find who leaked the film by the watermark.
    There are pleanty of movies who manage to keep their films off those sites or get them removed very quickly…just make it a priority if you have a problem with it.

  35. 35

    Don't panic bit torrent users. Well, unless you download or upload stuff without using a proxy! Even so, chances of them going after individuals is slim to none, just simply too many. However, they will go after the sites that house these pirated films, TV shows, CD's, etc. Some are quite audacious about what they do and make no attempt whatsoever to hide! So bye bye!

  36. 36

    when are they gonna set up there own system to allow people to pay monthly to watch new movies that are released for people who hate movie theaters? netflix has awful movies for online streaming they need to just put every movie they have online for a little higher of a cost!

  37. 37

    good luck with that.
    number of people being "sued" > number of idiots who think they can get away with suing the hundreds of thousands that use BitTorrent.
    i think they should do the math.

  38. 38

    Having an award show and winning the "Best Picture" and enticing people to see a "Best Picture" when it's one of the worst ever IS OUTRIGHT THEFT!

  39. 39

    I used to download music and movies illegally all the time. That was back in high school when I had no money. Now that I have a job I use iTunes and rent movies from Family Video.

    What these companies don't see is that by suing the individual who downloads, they only make people angrier. They will just go out there and download even more. At least this was the case for my friends and myself.

    Also, I have a pretty huge problem with the tactics here. I know when the music industry did this most normal folks couldn't afford the legal fees, so they agreed to pay a fine. It was 5K or more. To those industries, that's nothing. To your average person, that's a good bit of money. That would seriously mess up someone's life for a decent amount of time. I'd be more okay with them going after people if they would personally send a "cease and desist" letter first. If it's done again, fine, do what you will. At least John Doe got warning first.

  40. 40

    Re: sarabernat – you're on crack.

  41. MP says – reply to this


    Thank goodness for Redbox! A movie rental is only worth a dollar anyway.

  42. 42

    The Hurt Locker was without doubt one of the Worst movies I've ever seen … it was absolute SHIT … I haven't met or talked to a single person that liked it.
    It only won the Oscars because the Academy was trying to Stick it to James Cameron and for what? for making Avatar that basically brought the masses back to the Theater. And probably saved a shitload of jobs in the Movie business. People only downloaded Hurt Locker because someone who worked for or was connected to the Studio uploaded the DVD onto the net before the film was even released. And did the movie live up to the hype …. and sorry Movie Studio .. it didn't!! Cut your losses and make better films, don't waste your money sueing kids!! They need to look closer to home if they want to stamp out piracy. I bet if the film had made as much money as Avatar, they wouldn't give a shit about the downloads … but because it bombed and rightfully so, they're going to go after downloaders to recover their costs. Good luck … There's a reason people download movies for free … because they've go no fuckin' money IDIOTS!!!

  43. mp23 says – reply to this


    sorry Voltage Pictures im in high school with no money so actually paying to see your craptastic movie would have been a huge mistake…

    seriously who the hell did bigelow fuck?

  44. 44

    This movie sucked. How the hell it won "Best Picture" and why anyone would illegally download it is beyond me. Boring and unrelatable.

  45. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: buck – Selective, conditional ethics, connected directly to their personal wallet. Maybe illegals are merely a nimby thing.

  46. 46

    what a bs. it wasn't even in the cinema's here

  47. 47

    Well I didn't download it but I wish I had never watched it..it was HORRIBLE!!! One of the worst acted and boring movies ever….I hope that these people don't get in trouble for such a crap movie!

  48. 48

    didn't see this movie. but I know ppl who download torrents - not everyone can afford to pay the overpriced amount stores demand for movies. I hope, somehow, the bittorrent sites manage to win. I'm sure it probably won't happen, so get out there and download like crazy until the day comes when they put a stop to it. :( Damn greedy studios, they make their profits off the box office - leave the little guys alone!! For some people, downloading torrents is the only way they can afford to see movies, believe it or not. Not everyone has a movie budget built into their paychecks (for those lucky enough to have a job). Geez - can you tell I'm pissed about this? Greed is the new obsession these days, everyone wants more and more and more money.

  49. 49

    I misunderstood - they're going to sue the users??? Not the bittorrent sites? That's whack. lol - we download movies because we're poor, so good luck getting money from us, you dickwads. Sorry your movie sucked, but we're not going to make up the difference just because it bombed at the theatres and you're pissed about it. Anytime a movie wins Best Picture, I know it's going to suck, so I don't watch it. The Oscars are a joke and dont really determine which movies are actually good or not. It's all politics in Hollywood when it comes to awards - who's fucking who, who's sucking who, who's kissing who's ass…etc.

  50. 50

    Sucks for them, but I don't care because I never download illegal movies/music. I get watching movies online for free but to download them… if you can't afford to buy a movie you like then just keep watching it online or don't even bother watching movies at all with your cheap/poor ass.

  51. 51

    and THAT my friends is why you don't illegally dowload movies online…you should watch them illegally streaming instead like i do :)

  52. 52

    Glad to know that while they are dragging people to court that probably can't afford their bills, that they are gonna sit comfortable in their big homes with their money watching it. They are greedy asses.

  53. 53

    Re: dawnashella – I'm with ya on that one. I knew there was a reason not to have interest in it. lmao

  54. @v@ says – reply to this


    Certain people will always try to find a way to free stuff. Most of them do it because they're perenially short on cash, but want to be part of the mainstream.

    The guys that pirate and download to thousands or sell dollar discs to thousands are a bigger, practiced and more sinister breed of greed criminal. Going after individuals, and probably mostly teens, will alienate the customer base in a big way. I hope they keep fines small. This will solve nothing but padding lawyers pockets and breaking already struggling families. Go after the big timers, and plug the holes that enabled this in the first place. They weren't pro-active, lacked vision and didn't spend the money to protect their product from theft.