Saturday, 28 May 2011

Lawsuit Against Hurt Locker Downloaders Targets Record Number of Users

The producers behind the 2008 blockbuster Hurt Locker are filing a lawsuit against American users who downloaded the film illegally using the online BitTorrent client.

BitTorrent, released in 2001 by American software developer Bram Cohen, allows users to share large files between themselves in small amounts of time.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Hurt Locker has won six Oscars including best picture and also managed to scoop up over $17 million at the US box office. This recent case against piracy is now the biggest file-sharing lawsuit of all time.

Kathryn Bigelow (Pictured above) behind the scenes during shooting, which began In 2007

Originally, the suit was filed against approximately 5,000 I.P addresses, however 20,000 further downloaders have since been added to the list. Voltage Pictures hope the lawsuit will help recover revenue lost to piracy.

The writers over at TorrentFreak have managed to get their hands on the document that lists the I.P addresses of those being targeted. It is available HERE.

The producers behind the award-winning film are expected to settle for cash payments from the users that obtained Hurt Locker through illegal means, or to be more precise, through peer-to-peer-file-sharing networks. The process of identifying the downloaders will be particularly difficult, considering both the sheer number of those who pirated the film and also the fact that many may have hidden their I.P addresses by using internet networks different to their own.

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