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A few weeks ago the makers of the Oscar-winning movie Hurt Locker indicated that they would sue tens of thousands of U.S. BitTorrent users. In a classic ‘pay up or else’ scheme, the first 5,000 victims have now been officially reported to court. If ISPs cooperate these downloaders can expect a settlement request in their mailboxes soon.
Anon • #73 • 3:07 PM Tuesday, May 18, 2010 I didn't download the movie, haven't seen it, don't plan to. But for those who want to avoid the company, here's some new pictures from Voltage Pictures followed by some older ones.New Titles20 Funerals (Drama)Abandoned (Thriller)Born to Raise Hell (Action)Company You Keep, The (Thriller)Faces in The Crowd (Thriller)Game of Death (Action )Good Doctor, The (Thriller)Hybrid (Action)Leverage (Action)Mr. Nobody (Thriller)Once Fallen (Crime/Action Drama )Sacrifice (Thriller/Action)Transylmania (Comedy)Tucker & Dale vs Evil (Comedy)Whistleblower, The (Thriller)Completed Titles100 Feet (Supernatural Thriller)A Christmas Wedding (Comedy)Abominable (Sci-Fi)About a Girl (Coming of Age Comedy)Across the Hall (Thriller)After... (Thriller)Alienated (Dark Comedy)Ape, The (Comedy)Blank Slate (Thriller)Call of the Wild 3D (Family/Adventure)Canone Inverso (Drama)Dangerous Man (Action)Dead & Breakfast (Comedy/Horror)Dead Heist (Action/Horror)Deceit (Thriller)Devil's Tomb, The (Action / Super-Natural Thriller)Emile (Drama)Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles (Sci-Fi/Adventure)Flyboys (Action / Adventure)George A. Romero's Survival of The Dead (Horror)George A. Romero's: Diary of the Dead (Horror)Greta (Teen drama)Heavens Fall (Drama)Homecoming (Thriller)Hurt Locker, The (Action / Adventure)Keeper, The (Action)Legend of Lucy Keyes, The (Supernatural Thriller)Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, The (Action / Adventure)Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, The (Action / Adventure)Love N' Dancing (Music / Romance)Malibu Shark (Sci-Fi)Mammoth (Sci-Fi)Mutant Chronicles, The (Sci-Fi)My West (Comedy/Western)Odysseus & the Isle of the Mists (Action / Adventure)Open Graves (Supernatural Thriller)Payback, The (Thriller)Penny Dreadful (Horror)Personal Effects (Love Story / Drama)Phoebe in Wonderland (Drama)Quiet, The (Drama)Riddles of the Sphinx (Action/Adventure)Ruslan (Action)Seventh Moon (Thriller)Severed (Horror)Sisters (Thriller)Sky Kids (Family)Spread (Comedy)Thaw, The (Thriller)Tortured (Thriller)Triangle, The (Sci-Fi)Tribe, The (Adventure / Horror)Tripper, The (Horror/Comedy)Undead (Comedy/Horror)Vampires Anonymous (Comedy)Warbirds (Sci-Fi)While She Was Out (Thriller)Who Killed the Electric Car? (Documentary)
Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer at the US Copyright Group USCG, earlier said that in the Hurt Locker case they could pursue tens of thousands of users. Let’s be careful with our estimate and assume that some 20,000 BitTorrent users will eventually receive a settlement letter in the mail. Of these, half will choose to pay the $2,500 without complaining, a number that seems to be fair based on the results of similar schemes.If the above scenario becomes reality, The Hurt Locker would make $25 million in settlements alone in the coming months. This number could of course go much higher, as thousands of people are still downloading the movie every day. With this $25 million the film makers would have collected more money from BitTorrent users than they did from U.S. movie theater visitors. Despite the recognition from Academy members and the huge success among downloaders, the U.S box office revenue has been relatively low at $16.4 million.
The first batch of IP-addresses (copy below) has now been submitted to the Court, linked to customers of over a dozen US Internet providers. Besides the IP-address and the time when the alleged infringement was recorded the document reveals very little evidence. It is unclear from the current details what file was tracked and whether the evidence gathering techniques will stand up to scrutiny.The D.C District Court will now have to decide whether or not the ISPs of the alleged infringers will be ordered to hand over the personal information of the users associated with the IP-addresses. If this happens, the customers who are identified will receive a settlement offer of $2,500. Through this scheme, the USCG and Hurt Lockers’ makers hope to collect millions of dollars in revenue, beating their box office earnings.
Anyway, why are we supposed to be concerned by whats happening to a bunch of Bit Torrent users?