“The Expendables” Producers Sued 6,500 File-SharersAdded: Friday, February 11th, 2011
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Although the movie “The Expendables” made worldwide box-office of $274 million and therefore can be classified as a moderate blockbuster, that wasn’t enough for its makers. They pointed out that the movie did great on file-sharing networks like BitTorrent,but this didn’t bring them any revenues. So now the producers are making another attempt to cash in on those illegal downloads, suing 6,500 BitTorrent file-sharers in the US.
Actually, after the infamous movie “The Hurt Locker”, “The Expendables” appeared to be the first large movie release associated with the “pay-up-or-else” scheme. In addition, it’s one of the largest mass peer-to-peer lawsuits ever launched, as it involves 6,500 unidentified defendants, all alleged of having shared the movie on BitTorrent since August 2010.
The lawsuit has been filed by Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver firm at the District Court of Columbia. In fact, the complaint turned out to be copied from earlier cases – it started with description of BitTorrent network, and explained how the alleged infringers have used it to violate the law by distributing the copy of the movie without permission of the rights owner.
Just as any other “pay-up-or-else” lawsuit, this one has the true purpose of obtaining the personal details of the subscribers linked to the identified IP-addresses, rather than starting a full trial. Although it is obvious that starting such lawsuit will only lead to forming a negative image for the studio, the potential revenue makes it very attractive. Even if only 3/4 of defendants pay a required $2,000 settlement, the filmmakers would receive another $10 million, or 10% of the total box office grosses in the United States.
Besides, there is always potential for more revenue, because the movie is still available on BitTorrent and being downloaded a few thousand times a day, which offers the producers an excellent opportunity to sue tens of thousands more file-sharers later.
Meanwhile, law companies participating in the mass lawsuits of such kind are facing resistance from various consumer rights outfits and some judges. Along with the increase in the number of lawsuits being launched in recent months, the pressure on the courts is increasing at the same rate. All file-sharers targeted at this lawsuit are recommended to contact a legal representative – for example, the EFF.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
February 11th,2011Posted by:
Friday, February 11th, 2011
|they need to f off and stop spying on people. there employees are probably downloading the movies also|
|$2000 a person seems a little excessive, especially for this movie.|
|Well I better get my check book out,I got one of those copywrite notices from my IP,lol.|
|I was a teacher,now with this law suits crap goin on ,I'm gonna move to the Gigollo business !!|
|posted by (2011-02-13 14:54:47)|
|This is just another money grab so they can put the "$2000ea" towards box office takings for a shit movie. If they hit these people with with the $10-$15 admission fee, they'd get more payers and a more realistic box office takings record. I wouldn't have paid for it; anything with Stalone in it after First Blood was a waste of money.|
I'd take it that it was guys like me who wouldn't have wasted a cent on it if'n I had to pay to see it who they're out to get.
|posted by (2011-02-13 23:46:46)|
|Bring it on ! Losers|
|Bruce Willis and Arnold were only in this movie for about 45 seconds. If I would've paid to see this, I would've been really pissed.|
|i agree with capnmorgan5150...i'm glad i didn't pay to see this in the theaters...like gamer the comercials made it look all god but in reality not worth a penny...and catinthehat i think u mean you ISP sent you a letter|
|True, a lot of fuss for nothing, the movie sucked. The lawsuit is a joke, just a way of squeezing more money off people. I actually only watched about 20 mnts of it.||
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