Hurt Locker Producers Sue 5000 for Illegal File Sharing

the-hurt-lockerThe producers of the film that surprised many during this year’s awards season are suing about 5000 people who illegally shared a copy (such as by BitTorrent) of the movie through the Internet.

The Hurt Locker, winner of the Best Picture category in this year’s 82nd Academy Awards and various award-giving bodies, is an American war film about a United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team during the Iraq War.

Producer Voltage Pictures filed the suit at the US District Court in Columbia. The move is to subpoena ISPs to give the names behind the IP addresses that were used for copyright infringement. When the people behind the IP addresses are identified, letters will be sent to them. To avoid big penalties, the producers will be willing to accept 1,500 USD payments from those who will be willing to settle things out of court.

If an alleged “pirate” will not respond and if they go to trial, then an amount of 150,000 USD might be imposed to each infringement. This is exclusive of attorney fees and costs.

The case is one of the biggest lawsuits ever filed against individuals.