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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. 101

    I'm siding with the poor film students


  2. 102

    They are suing to prove people watched it.

  3. 103

    I don't understand.
    Say one of those users didn't download The Hurt Locker.What happends if they sue him?

  4. 104

    Sometimes I read a newspaper that someone leaves in a coffee shop. Is this stealing? Maybe the NP owner should sue me for $1500.
    The morally rightous comments on here make me sick. Condemning others for downloading a movie and hoping they get punished is vile. NOBODY is perfect but downloading a movie is certainly less reprehensable than degrading someone without even knowing their circumstances!

  5. 105

    No, the shame is in you saying its okay to steal movies online…would you say its okay to walk into a store and steal a movie? Your values are SO fucked up….unbelieavable. You are the largest (in all ways) hypocrite ever.

  6. 106

    Re: Prudefemme – It used to be legal to beat or rape your wife, own slaves…legality is not a definative measure of right and wrong. Take off your blinders - YOU ARE NOT PERFECT

  7. 107

    Re: light2you – I lived in an apartment once where the residents would leave the books that they had finished reading in the lobby so that other people could read the book rather than toss it out and create more waste. At the time I thought this was a great idea but after reading all of your enlightened comments I realize what criminals we all were….sharing is bad.

  8. 108

    one of my favorite movies..Proud to be American!

  9. 109

    STFU people…It's ILLEGAL! Period. It's like stealing! People SHOULD get fined. Everyone who probably commented on how stupid and lame it is that they're suing are the same cheap people who don't want to pay for their music/movies. Get a job people and stop complaining! How would you like it if people your stuff for free?!?!?!?

  10. 110

    Hey Perez.. why hate on the Hurt Locker team? Very strange for someone who make his living in/off the entertainment industry. My instincts tell me that if someone STOLE your web content and posted it on their site WITHOUT your ads and posted it WITH THEIR own ads, making money off your hard work (or reducing your paycheck) that ol Mario would sick the lawyers after them.

    Don't hate/bite the hand that feeds you dumb dumb. Get real and help stop piracy…. not create sympathy for those who do!

    Very disappointed in you. :(

  11. 111

    Shame on the producers for protecting their hard work???? Shame on YOU Perez for condoning stealing!!!!

  12. 112

    I'm not sure the producers will prevail in this suit…copyright laws allow for some reproduction of material for personal use…that's the whole genius of bit torrent…this will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  13. 113

    I pay money to see certain movies and borrow copies of stuff I should see but don't want to pay for. How is downloading a movie any different than borrowing a DVD from my friend? Most of my friends are in the Union and constantly get free screeners around award season. Also, most of the films on torrent sites are screeners and they say so randomly throughout the film. Instead of suing the people who downloaded this crap because they didn't want to pay for it, why don't they sue the union members who are leaking their films online? I believe the Hate Locker people leaked their own film because I didn't even hear about it until awards season and then had several copies emailed to me in a file. Shady, shady.

  14. 114

    i have no idea why ppl DL these movies…you can find them streaming online for free within 24 hours of them hitting the theater. DLing is what gets you in trouble…if you just watch it streaming that's no crime…it's the different btw causing a car accident and driving past one. the streaming site are the bad guys, no the "innocent" users who happen to walk by and see the movies streaking.

  15. 115

    Re: ElleEnchanted – I believe it is a studio who is finally taking a stand on piracy. If you steal, you get punished. Jail sentences have been going up because the amount of time started to seem like less of a deterrent. A big lawsuit could do the same thing. Yes, movies are expensive and whether you like who the money goes to, stealing a movie won't change that fact.

    Would you think it was ok to steal a car because they are way more expensive than they should be?

  16. 116

    Re: Wake Up And Smell The Facism! – But the studio does make money out of film rentals from Netflix.

  17. 117

    Re: PHbalance – You do bring up a good point. I do have to agree that if someone was going to download it illegally, chances are they wouldn't have paid for it anyways. However, don't you agree that stealing is stealing? Once we start letting certain things go because it isn't that big of a deal, where does it end? I know it sounds silly to equate movie pirating with the downfall of society, mostly because it won't happen. I'm just playing devils advocate :)

  18. 118

    Re: SpiralJetty – This is true, but the library still has to pay a large amount for the DVD. In fact, it is more expensive than what we pay because they are using it for "commercial purposes".

  19. 119

    Borrowing from a friend and downloading a copy from the net are actually very close to each other. You all are right as far as that goes. However, there are a number of people out there who download the movie and then make a ton of copies to sell for a $1 or less. This is what they are REALLY trying to prevent, at least I think. It DOES suck that people who just wanted to see the movie are getting sued. BUT they also knew that it was illegal before they did it. They got caught. Now they pay.

  20. 120

    that fucking sucks. i use bitorrent all the time. too bad i have no interest in watching the hurt locker and haven't downloaded it.

  21. 121

    Re: pj88 – shit music ruined the industry. This is why I listen to music that was made 20/30+ years ago.

  22. 122

    Re: Bö!!!SEMICOLON!!!rte Petrarchia – I agree with everything you just said. And, thank you, I do enjoy that word, it's so expressive of so many things. No harm, no foul my friend.

  23. 123

    I'm sorry, but so what if they downloaded it? If they like it, they'll buy it on DVD. Special Features and packaging make movies marketable now-a-days. Which would you rather have? The single-disc-movie-only edition of Hellboy for 9.99, or the 3-disc set with art production book for 29.99? I only heard about this movie today, and based on the reviews, and summary (and poster) this film's not for me.

    And you know what? WB had the right idea back in 05. Too bad they never followed through. They were going to release movies in BitTorrent the day they hit theaters at lower resolution, and with a 48-hour expiration date. Downloads would cost 5.99 each. When the movie was released on video, you could get a high-res for some random amount, and hi-def for about 20 bucks. Why they didn't do it, I don't know. DRMs are pretty tough to crack and not many people know how to do it.

    Maybe they should stop hating on torrents and jump on that wagon. All they would need are a few dedicated servers, and to utilize existing technology. The scene has been set. If the WB isn't going to use it, someone should.

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