Download movies? Expect a lawsuit

Good luck with the lawsuits! For all the people illegally downloading movies, I think you’re wasting more time and money than you’ll earn back.

Producers of Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker” have made good on a promise to file copyright lawsuits against people who illegally shared the movie via peer-to-peer networks.

Voltage Pictures, an independent production company, filed a copyright complaint on Monday against 5,000 John Does in federal court in Washington, D.C. According to court records, next on the company’s to-do list is to learn the names of the John and Jane Does from their Internet service providers. Attorneys for Voltage wrote in the complaint that unless the court stops the people who pirate “The Hurt Locker,” then Voltage will suffer “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money.”

Voltage has asked the court to order anyone who downloaded the movie illegally to destroy all copies of “The Hurt Locker” on their computers and any other electronic device that they may have stored the film. As for monetary damages, the movie’s producers did not ask for a specific figure but want those found to have pilfered the movie to pay actual or statutory damages and cover the costs that went into filing the suits.

The “Hurt Locker” producers aren’t the first to kick off this new round of suits against individuals. A company calling itself the U.S. Copyright Group seems to be spearheading these efforts and has filed lawsuits on behalf of 10 other movies, including “Far Cry” and “Call of the Wild 3D.”

Click here to view one of the letters someone received for downloading “Far Cry”.

Author: Jason Zajdel

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