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‘Hurt Locker’ Creators Go After BitTorrent Users

25 Apr, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

'The Hurt Locker'

More than 2,500 people who allegedly downloaded a copy of The Hurt Locker in 2010 are being targeted by the creators of the film in a new lawsuit.

Filed April 18 in U.S. District Court in Florida, the suit brought by Voltage Pictures seeks damages against 2,514 Charter Communications subscribers who are alleged to have downloaded copies of the 2010 Best Picture winner.

The suit alleges the users, who currently are identified by their Internet protocol addresses, used BitTorrent to download the film and help others download it by “seeding” copies on their own computers.

“Each time a defendant unlawfully distributes a free copy of the plaintiff’s copyrighted motion picture over the Internet, each person who copies that motion picture can then distribute that unlawful copy to others without any significant degradation in sound and picture quality,” the suit reads.

Voltage plans on pressing Charter for the names of the subscribers linked to the IP addresses, according to the suit, and hinted that “additional information obtained will lead to the identification of additional infringing parties, as monitoring of online infringement of plaintiff’s motion picture is ongoing.”

In mid-2011 Voltage brought the single-largest file-sharing lawsuit ever against 24,583 alleged BitTorrent users, also over The Hurt Locker.

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