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!
Tags: bittorrent, copyright violation, lawsuit, the hurt locker