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Hurt Locker Team Sues 5,000 BitTorrent Users!!!

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We're getting Napster flashbacks!!!

The producers behind the Oscar-winning film, The Hurt Locker, started a crusade a few months ago to sue BitTorrent users for illegally downloading their movie online.

As of yesterday, an official suit was filed and 5,000 BitTorrent users will be handed subpoenas for being in violation of copyright laws.

In one of the biggest lawsuits ever against individuals, Voltage Pictures is seeking $1,500 from each person to settle. They further warn if people won't settle, they'll go at them for ten times as much when and if the case goes to court.

Makes you want to rethink keeping your Netflix membership, huh? Might be worth it to keep it around!

As of now, a list of offenders has not been given to Voltage Pictures, only the IP addresses of the accused. But give it some time! Soon, those producers will be storming these people's homes in their own war!

That really sucks for the poor film student who can't even afford a package of Ramen Noodles and now has to cough up $1,500!


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123 comments to “Hurt Locker Team Sues 5,000 BitTorrent Users!!!”

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  1. 1

    This happened WEEKS ago!

  2. 2

    What dicks… that's so fucked up. Katherine Bigelow's Oscar should be taken away.

  3. 3

    You can't get anything for free people. The rich will always find a way to get your damn money…. get a clue.

  4. Bytch says – reply to this


    Sore losers. Even Oscars couldn't make this movie seem good. Its boring with an average story line and average dialogue. I don't see Avatar bitching about downloads…it made money because people wanted to see it allll on their own!!!!

  5. 5

    Man, this makes me glad I quit the Torrent game. Super glad.
    Kind of mean-spirited of them, though, don't you think? I know it's their movie, but come on, guys. Not everyone makes millions a year.

  6. 6

    Why doesn't Voltage Pictures go after BitTorrent? How much money does Voltage Pictures think they are going to spend going after 5000 individuals instead going after the source? Most of the people that downloaded Hurt Locker probably don't have $150 much less $1500.

  7. 7

    For this crappy movie?!? You've got to be kidding me!
    hey, Katherine as much as you sue people your movie will never make as much as Avatar. Let it go!

  8. 8

    If you want to hear Christina Aguilera's new album, it's streaming on her website www.christinaaguilera.com, starting today, until the cd comes out next Tue. I love it, but i'd love anything she sang, lol! It's both ballad and dance hit strong!

  9. 9

    That's absurd. Why $1500?! Sure, it's against the law, but that's a lot of money they're asking for when it's pretty obvious that these people aren't well off enough to be able to pay that much or they would've just paid the $10 to see it at the movies!!

    The movie was a huge success, in part because of people downloading and spreading the word about it. They should be grateful it is as big as it is and stop trying to get blood from a turnip.

  10. 10

    That really sucks for the poor film student who can't even afford a package of Ramen Noodles and now has to cough up $1,500!

    Ah, too bad, BBD hopes the little pirating fuck goes to jail and gets his asshole wrecked by some big ugly bastard named Otis!

  11. 11

    "…poor film student"? - First of all, the last person who should be downloading movies illegally is a film student!
    "Shame!"? - Why is it a shame? They are not poor orphans who stole bread from the grocery store (which I'm not condoning) and are currently being sued by the local supermarket.
    It's illegal. End of story.

  12. 12

    Because of this I will never watch this movie. It takes real asses to do this. First the producer tries to cheat on Oscar votes-now they do this. How can they sue others for illegal download when the producer was emailing people personally asking for votes. What a bunch of hypocritical asses.

  13. 13

    I think this is pretty sad. These people are so rich they can afford to spend thousands of dollars going after people who probably are no where near as fortunate. If the people couldn't shell out the money to go see the movie where do they think they're going to get $1,000 dollars. Can't believe the neverending greed of some of these people. If I were on of those people they're going after they'd have to uncover every rock in the world to find me!

  14. 14

    Re: Bö!!!SEMICOLON!!!rte Petrarchia – Her Oscar should be taken away??? Nice logic fucktard. The producers are going after criminals trying to get something for nothing, so the director should be punished for making a good movie. Yup, pure genius. Next time the police try to arrest someone for robbing a liquor store, the store owner should have their liquor license revoked right?

  15. 15

    That poor film student eating Ramen noodles shouldn't be risking getting caught stealing movies.

  16. 16

    Yet another reason not to see this movie. The people who download are wrong, but isn't worth 1,500 each.

  17. 17

    Re: Prudefemme – ugh. your husband cheats on you.

  18. 18

    The reason why people didn't pay to see it is because everyone downloaded it…. Yeah RIGHT. They should feel lucky people even wanted to download it for free.

  19. 19

    why $1500? that's so ridiculous.

  20. 20

    Movie prices are not realistic, and almost all the money goes to the producers, change the prices and we will pay for the movies.

  21. 21

    Re: Prudefemme – So you agree with everything that is illegal? You do not yourself question the huge profits made by a few people in the movie industry? You do not agree that the price of a dvd nowdays got out of hand? This is a protest against all of that, not against people making a living on their jobs.

  22. 22

    Re: Prudefemme

    Whether something is illegal or not doesn't make the punishment any less absurd. The movie and music industry are fighting a losing battle. Sure they'll get money from a few people but they'll never be able to stop the billions of people pirating movies and music world-wide. As far as I'm concerned the laws that are in place which allow them to sue people for that absurd amount of money is no different than prohibition in the 1920's in the US. Too many people are doing it and too many resources will be wasted trying to prosecute these people…

  23. 23

    Re: ammmber – HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's your most intelligent response? Too funny.

  24. 24

    It's an intimidation tactic. They didn't bother to go after the direct download links from, for instance, Switzerland based Rapidshare, because they wouldn't get far with that. Unfortunately, some poor fools still using torrents will cough up the dough out of fear.
    Voltage Pictures is creating a great amount of ill will with this stupid move.

  25. 25

    sure am glad I streamed this crapfest movie

  26. 26

    now a days a good lawyer can make them prove that address….hasn't been mirrored..just call their bluff …and may them prove the address

  27. 27

    Re: Starlit
    You won't miss much, Starlit - the film is boring as hell and it sucks big-time that such a piece of garbage won the Oscar.

  28. 28

    Glad I live in Canada! Cops won't enforce those laws here. International immunity baby, yeah!

  29. 29

    I've read that fifty years ago, movies cost about 5 cents to see. So for a quarter, you could sit in a movie theatre all day.

    If they made movies affordable, so affordable that it wouldn't be worth your time to download them, then people wouldn't bother.

    It's retarded to think how much a movie costs. When we took my son and his friend to see a Harry Potter years ago, it cost $60 for four tickets, popcorn and drinks. It's even more expensive now. Who can afford to do that on a regular basis?

  30. 30

    Re: Prudefemme – The film industry is making more money than ever, in spite of the bad economy. You and they should realize the paradigm has changed, and a download does not represent a lost sale.

  31. Rosh says – reply to this


    For some reason this movie never jumped out at me as an exciting movie.. I'm just confused as to why this movies produces are doing something about downloading movies.. Why aren't produces whose movies deserve an Oscar go out and bitch about it?

  32. 32

    $1,500 for downloading a movie? Seems rather harsh. How about a cease and desist letter first…or something. Maybe go after the sites themselves instead of the individual? I know that can be harder but this seems a bit heartless. It's wrong, yes, but more popular today because of the rather outlandish prices to go see anything. Plus, from what I can tell, doing this never actually works. It just makes people angry and they download more. For example, I don't download movies but I will choose not to see the Hurt Locker because they're kinda being jerks about the whole thing. I can go 30mph over the speed limit, endangering other lives, and not pay this much. A few hundred dollars seems much more reasonable.

  33. 33

    Yeah, people who download stuff through toorents are total criminals. Just like pot smokers are drug addict/criminals. Give me a break douche bags! People who download movies are the ones that don't have the money to go pay to see a movie at the theater. I don't see how people downloading a movie they wouldn't have paid to see anyway or waiting to see it on Netflix is any different. I have a Netflix account and I download some movies. Regardless no one is losing money on me because I would have eventually just rented it on Netflix regardless. I will never, ever, ever watch another movie any of these people make again.

  34. 34

    I suggest people watch Steal this Film. It's pretty good, shows you the less known pirating side and the people behind pirate bay and such. On hulu. But as a few have said, this won't bring down pirating at all as a whole…pretty much for intimidation purposes. Although, at the same time the producers took the time and energy to make it so I dunno. I feel at the end of the day they'll still be living a comfortable life.

  35. 35

    $1500.00? Fuck them The movie is worth $10.00 at the theatre. Send them a cheque folks and then never ever again pay good money to see anything these producers put out. These people are the basis behing that old saying "love of money is the root of all evil". And these idiots along with their slime bag lawyers are most definitely evil. Rot in hell mother fuckers. I hope some of these people in the suit charge them with extortion. Plus that yawn of a movie wasn't worth more that a buck too see anyway. Keep the bitch broke so she can't make any more of her shit.

  36. 36

    I aint skurrd

  37. 37

    lol, why would anybody download movies online? Don't they have sites where you can watch it for free online without downloading anything?

  38. 38

    That really sucks for the poor film student who can't even afford a package of Ramen Noodles and now has to cough up $1,500! Shame!

    What is wrong with your site Perez,

  39. 39

    Bad luck!!
    It's always the producers that are arseholes, be it a music producer or a movie producer.

  40. 40

    OH SNAP. Thank God I did not download this garbage.

  41. 41

    Shame? Are you insane? So you think it is ok for a student to STEAL a movie because they can't afford it. Ok, let ALL the students get in for free to all the movies. YOU as a non-student will see prices go up 50% to cover their fees. Student can't afford to eat? No problem, lets raise food prices up and give it to student for free.

    You have as much common sense as a bowl of green peas. Half the U.S. can't afford to go watch a movie you dumb ass. Movies are NOT a necessity If you can't afford to pay for it, you do NOT have the right to steal it, you just do without. God I simply can't believe how stupid you are sometimes

  42. 42

    I think people should backlash the film and refuse to see any shi*tty Voltage Pictures.


  43. 43

    The movie is constantly sold/rented out at my store. People downloaded it because they wanted to see it before the Oscars, and it wasn't out in theatres.

  44. 44

    Are they going all metallica on us? They should be grateful people bothered to download the movie, cause considering the absolute NON EXISTENT promotion it had, I'm surprised they even knew about it back then.

  45. 45

    Soooo whenever this kind of shit happens I always freak out, and I know that's what they're trying to do, but still…

  46. 46

    Re: Unbelievable! – lmao…well said

  47. 47

    just out of spite i think i'm going to download this movie. This is being stupid and an unnecessary waste of time by a greedy bastard. Its only a movie for fuck sakes, those of us who download movies do so because we cannot afford to go to the movies or buy movies or even rent them at the dvd store.

  48. 48

    Re: ForeverWyld – Jesus Christ! THANK YOU!!!!! Someone gets it!

  49. 49

    Maybe if they stopped throwing a fit everytime something happened, more people would buy their movie. You don't see other people throwing hissy fits over their movies.

  50. 50

    Re: VeganVal – No a download does not represent a lost sale, but an illegal download does. Isn't that the purpose? To not pay? For some reason the luxury goods industry is doing well despite the economy also. Perhaps it's something to do that. Going to see a film is a luxury. An escape. Not an essential. I feel so many people are overlooking this. That's my point!

  51. 51

    Re: VeganVal – Sorry. didn't mean to conclude with the (!). I'm not angry, just feeling misunderstood. ugh

  52. @v@ says – reply to this


    Now, there's a business. Build it, allow it, and then sue people for using it.

  53. 53

    I wonder what torrent sites are targetted. Pirate Bay?

  54. 54

    Re: Joe Canada – you're a fucking dumbass!

  55. hurst says – reply to this


    I'll head over to Amazon and give this film a 1-star review.

    You should too.

  56. 56

    Under normal circumstances I can see how the "I can't afford it anyway so I should be able to get it for free" excuse doesn't hold water. It's a piss poor excuse under most circumstances. But when you have a movie that is making millions of dollars in profit, it's like arguing over pennies. Sure, movies are a luxury… but we are being grossly overcharged for them. We get charged an outrageous price to go see them in a theater, and then we get slammed even more to buy the dvd/blueray/special edition/collector's box set/unrated director's cut/limited edition version with 5 minutes extra footage/etc/etc/etc.

    Actors are getting paid MILLIONS of dollars for a few months of work. That's just ridiculous. They get paid more than a doctor, fireman and police officer's annual salary COMBINED. All of that money came from people who paid way too much to see the movie… and now these producers want even more $$$. It's a joke. I think people should avoid paying for movies as often as possible.

  57. 57

    The simple fact of the matter is that while a movie is a luxury, it's costing movie studios NOTHING for people to illegally download the movie. The movie studio isn't losing anything at all. These people weren't going to pay regardless, so what does it matter? If anything, more people seeing the movie means more word of mouth.

    You can argue that "if you can't afford it, you shouldn't have it", but movies are just disposable media. Hollywood produces ONE movie and sells it MILLIONS of times. How is that fair? It's not the same as growing food that people steal from a store. Each apple is grown and nurtured. A movie is just burned millions of times by a machine and costs pennies to manufacture. Yet sells for upwards of $30 in the store. It's practically theft

  58. 58

    Re: Unbelievable! – Lol, "fucktard"? I like that word. Anyway, I was just exaggerating, man. I don't think they should take her award away because I doubt she has anything to do with the suing process. I did enjoy the film. It was suspenseful, intense, funny at the right moments, and the performances were honest and great, especially Ralph Fiennes' cameo. Solid war film. There was even a bit of the There Will Be Blood soundtrack in it, if anyone noticed that, when the dude pulls the eight bombs from the sand.
    I do think, in my fucktard opinion, that Bigelow won solely because she's a woman directing a "man film". It's annoying and patronizing that critics and voters think it's REMARKABLE that a woman can make a movie about war. If a man made this movie, it wouldn't have been lauded as much because it's not that original. It's a bit like Jarhead. The Oscars have been political since the beginning in some shape or form, every year there's something new. Previous year, Sean Penn for playing gay, and Kate Winslet for being around so long without ever winning.

  59. 59

    You'd think the producers would be grateful that there were 5000 people that wanted to see that overrated piece of crap.

  60. 60

    The morality of this aside, they're fighting a losing battle on this one. Some people will always find a way to get the movies for free. Maybe Voltage Pictures should focus on making a product people will actually want to own. Like adding better bonus features and packaging to the dvds. I have bootleg dvds, but if I really like the movie, I buy the legit thing so I can have it in my shelves. It's like buying books that you like. You can borrow one from the library, or a friend, but if you are crazy about it, you'll probably want a hard copy of your own.

  61. 61

    I wonder how they came up with that figure

  62. 62

    Voltage Pictures stole the Hurt Locker story from some veteran; they are going to get sued big time; PROVE THE STORY IS YOURS!

  63. 63

    Voltage Pictures leaked it on the INTERNET because they knew no one would go see it in the theaters, and they could make their money off the downloaders.

  64. 64

    Re: Lucrecia – & Re: ElleEnchanted – Hi. Sorry guys, I didn't ignore you. I did reply in length to both of you. I also tried re-sending it, but was blocked. Well they say everything happens for a reason, lol. Anyway, after all my postings I'm sure you get my gist by now. Thanks.

  65. 65

    Re: Prudefemme – man you got so many haters!
    i agree with you, ppl know better than that, thinking they can get away with it, oh well sux for them. they have to deal with it.

  66. 66

    what an asshole move. i hate these huge rich companies that sue average people that work hard to live, its ridiculous!

  67. 67

    these people made millions and their going after people that can't afford $12 movie tickets crazy greedy people!!

  68. 68

    Re: flora_tink – Lol! I was beginning to wonder if my Avatar Name accidentally changed to Jesse James. I didn't know it was a bad thing to actually pay for things. JK. Thanks for the support. Appreciate it.

  69. 69

    This is ridiculous! Hollywood is already in so much money they can whip there ass with it! They obviously want all the poor people's money as well. They should be happy people wanted to see the movie enough to download it. Not everyone can afford 10 bucks to throw away to see a movie in the theatre's. I can sometimes barely afford to fill my gas tank. When movies are able to afford budgets that are 200 million and and higher they should not be sueing people. Why not help people instead of sue them. Lower fucking movie ticket prices!

  70. 70

    Well .. if anything, maybe they can go after them for $10, the price of seeing it in theater .. or, if all else fails, $5 to rent it at the video store .. but it sure as a Hell isn't worth $1500 LOL .. that's messed up ! I never seen the movie, but I don't really feel like seeing it now, not with him being such an ass about it !

  71. 71

    stealing is stealing and if you get busted there should be some reprecussions… HOWEVER, if you steal something from me i can't claim it was worth 100,000 when in fact, it was worth 30. they shouldn't be able to sue for more than the cost of the dvd. done deal.

  72. 72

    As long as you can go down to your local library and read books for free, I don't think watching movies for free is much different. As a matter of fact, you can also check DVD's out at my library, and the new releases come out the same day as the video store…and yes, it is as free as reading the books.

  73. 73

    OMG how scarry! i thought bittorent was safe to download stuff cause it supposably scrambles your IP address. thank god i dont download movies or i'd be shitting major bricks right about now! and what if your using someone elses laptop? does the laptop owner get stuck with the fine!

  74. @v@ says – reply to this


    So why didn't the movie industry invest in and buy the streaming internet technology from the innovators to safegaurd their movies? The music industry didn't keep up with technological change either, and mp3's went ahead without them. The losses in revenue would have more than paid for the ownership. Not being prepared for change = obsolete, or in this case, going after the cash strapped little guys who, after their fine, will not be able to afford to rent your future movies. Go after the freaking providers or buy the technology back. Make a deal with the streamers and pay the money. They come up with this tech in the hopes that some bigger fish will be forward thinking, buy them out (if they're prepared to sell) and set them up for a long retirement or new ventures.

  75. 75

    I'm concerned for society given the idiot comments on this subject.

    Uh, why are we assuming that if you streal something, you must not be able to afford it?

    Uh, let's see….if everyone decided to steal movies, how will they be able to make movies?

    Uh, maybe, just maybe, they are suing for $1,500 as a deterrent to future stealing?

    Most of you are really, really stupid.

  76. @v@ says – reply to this


    5000 users X $1500.00 = 75 Million dollars? A large number of little guys and net users will view it as the little guys getting the shaft, again, or Goliath going after David.

  77. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Joe Canada – Again, you're too dum to retain the privilege.
    Stop crowing. They'll come for you next.

  78. 78

    A couple more point for the logic-challenged…

    Since Wal-Mart makes a lot of money, is it ok to steal from their stores?

    Why should some consumers be required to pay for things, while others should be allowed to steal? Hmmmm….doesn't seem fair does it. Hmmmm….doesn't seem fair to YOU does it. There, I made it about you. Now maybe you can understand it. God you people are fucking stupid.

  79. 79

    I submitted this a while ago: Re: PHbalance – You state your case perfectly. I agree that it's completely unfair for those in the entertainment industry who make unbelievable amounts of money, especially when compared to life threatening professions. I agree that the bigwigs are greedy. You're correct: "All of that money came from people who paid way too much to see the movie…". Yes, those who paid.
    I beg to differ with your view on people who don't pay for downloads or DVDs. They do it because they are currently getting away with it easily. I think Voltage Pictures is aiming to deter them (and of course profit financially) - at the expense of those unlucky 5000. A lady who used to purchase counterfeit products recently told me that she now purchases authentic items, because "they're making it so difficult to buy fakes". Yes I know the free access is for real, not fake movies, but my point is this attempted deterrent just may work to some degree for the greedy bigwigs. It's TBD.

  80. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Alan22 – Stupid is letting the technology out and people getting used to using it, and then trying to get it back after the barn door was left wide open. They're still not going to solve this problem doing this, are they. The barn door is still wide open. Calling people stupid isn't becoming. Your position was selling until the insults. What you don't seem to understand is that people DO understand it. It's not rocket science. They just don't like it. It just feels like one more thing being taken away. Many are strapped.

  81. 81

    Re: ammmber – LMAO shit that was funny

  82. 82

    That's beyond stupid. Maybe if shitty movies didn't cost a fortune to see these days people wouldn't be downloading it.

  83. 83

    use a proxy.

  84. 84

    Re: Joe Canada – woooooohooooo canada! same here!

  85. 85

    Chances are those IP's will do them no good since torrent down loaders almost All use proxy servers. Even the cheapest of them make it next to impossible to determine where something is actually being uploaded or downloaded from. This 'announcement' just makes them look all the more foolish. I am sure when the 'studio storms' the homes of the IP addys they have much hilarity will ensue. And counter sue!!

  86. 86

    *** That really sucks for the poor film student who can't even afford a package of Ramen Noodles and now has to cough up $1,500! ***

    Then they shouldn't have pirated the movie to begin with?

  87. 87

    Why not sue the people who uploaded the movie? They are the enablers.

  88. 88

    Re: lastonestanding – You would be wrong….a proxy server is only as good as their logging (or not logging) goes. And, most torrent users wouldn't know a proxy if they saw one.

  89. 89

    It is kind of ironic, one of the little boys in the movie (who was kind of a lovable character) sold illegal pirated movies.

  90. 90

    What annoys me is their reasoning.
    I see them trying to deter future violations; however, this will only give people the motive to find ways to not get caught: wireless internet hijacking.
    To anyone who wants to download for free: hijack someone's wireless interenet connection (hotels, universities, whatever it takes) and stream as much as you'd like.
    $25-$40 for a dvd is out of control! HD is becoming the norm, yet we are still paying ass-end for it. Oil may be price gouging, but we don't live to work; we work to live and enjoy our off-time. Entertainmain has a price tag, but @$25-$40 a pop, I'll find my own measures.
    Thank you

  91. 91

    oh please… as if anyone would buy that.
    I hope no one gets caught. it would be a shame being charged for such a shitty movie.

  92. 92

    this is ridiculous. you ask for 1500 $ when your movie costs 20 dollars in the fuckin store? get the fuck over it you made MILLIONS and now you wanna rape these people of their money?! fuckin selfish bastards why dont you give to charity, instead of trying to suck these poor people dry of their money. and ps you can sue bit torrent they are in sweden and according to their laws they are doing absolutely nothing wrong. soooo.. we lose.

  93. 93

    Don't buy the DVD. Don't pay to see this movie. Don't go see her NEXT movie or buy that DVD either. Money talks. Then they will learn.

  94. 94

    Oh come on this is ridiculous! :) )) bwahahahaha, like how are they ever going to proove in a billion years that the owner of the computer was downloading the film?! maybe some friends came by and downloaded, maybe his roommate, maybe it got downloaded by accidenit like hi's mom being on the computer and clicking the wrong buttons, . I'm telling you, I study Law in my third year and there is no way in hell they can proove any thing, fucktards!

  95. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Alan22 – That said, I don't download movies, and rent them on digital, even when I'm living where there are no legal consequences.

  96. 96

    Corporations control the law. They can sue ANYONE and claim that they've downloaded their movie. Their claims don't have to be checked by anyone.

    If you end up as part of their scam, there's nothing you can do except pay the money or spend way more money to fight them in court.

    Also, downloading a movie is stealing in the same way that borrowing a movie from a friend is stealing. Both have the potential of a lost sale and both do not directly cost the company any money. I wouldn't doubt it if lending a movie out is considered a crime under copyright law, though.

  97. 97

    They must be smart guys they must have used good proxy to download movie!

  98. pj88 says – reply to this


    I'm glad.. I don't care if I sound like a kiss ass or not, but I hate people downloading for free. It's ruined the music industry and now the movie industry people have no idea how this affects millions and millions of people. Now go pay your $1500 and think about what you did!!

  99. 99

    This is dumb…People pirate movies cause paying 11 bucks for a movie ticket is retarded…I know I sure as hell won't pay to see a crappy movie like this

  100. 7tizz says – reply to this


    If anyone forks over the 1500 bucks, they might be mentally retarded. There is no way a single case is going to court.

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