Hurt Locker Producers Will Sue 24,500 PeopleAdded: Thursday, May 26th, 2011
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The producers of “The Expendables” were probably aiming for a Guinness Book of Records when they launched a lawsuit against 23,000 file-sharers. However, now the filmmakers of “The Hurt Locker” are on the first place, not satisfied with an only Oscar. The producers of the award-winning picture are now breaking all records for the most people sued by a filmmaker.
Producers of “The Hurt Locker” have a very simple plan of action: sue everyone who ever downloaded the film. Currently, the number of targeted people has reached 24,500 BitTorrent users.
The MPAA confirmed that the Voltage Pictures is planning to make millions out of the file-sharers in order to somehow make up for the profits they lost to pirates. It seems that the filmmakers are sure that Oscar means that their movie must have been seen illegally, because legitimate box office was only $17 million. In other words, award-winning movies have to profitable, and if they don’t, it means they have been pirated. So, the filmmakers are now trying to make up for the lost sales by targeting over 24,000 people.
Although the overall number of the accused file-sharers is the largest in history, it is still too low for making up any serious amount of money. For example, if the producers are planning to make up $24 million, they will have to demand $1,000 from each BitTorrent user.
Initially, the movie makers sued 5,000 BitTorrent users, saying that this number was just the start. Indeed, now they have sued 20,000 more, thus making “The Hurt Locker” the largest BitTorrent lawsuit ever.
However, the producers will have to wait long to see the case ready. ISPs are rejecting to look up more than a hundred IP-addresses a month for all ongoing BitTorrent lawsuits. So, it would have taken over 10 years for them to process all the accused IP-addresses, if not the fact that after a certain amount of time the necessary information is destroyed.
Meanwhile, the chance of the BitTorrent users getting a fair trial is questionable, since the case in question is being handled by a former RIAA-lobbyist. So, right after the broadband providers give up the personal information of their subscribers, they will receive a settlement offer from movie makers. Sadly enough, it seems to become a new business model for the movie industry: to make up for scanty box office returns by suing ordinary people.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011
|posted by (2011-05-26 15:36:35)|
|How unfair! They're so right. In fact they should sue everyone who never bought a ticket to this clunker. After all, it won an Oscar.|
|The movie sucked balls, plain and simple. The story line was boring at best. The only reason it won an Oscar is because it showed the soldiers in Iraq in a negative way.|
|I agree tonymengela boring and same shit Oscar goes American soldiers|
|posted by (2011-05-26 18:38:20)|
|Yeah, I don't get it... read the write-ups on this movie... "It won six Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Bigelow, the first woman to win this award. The Hurt Locker also earned numerous awards and honors from critics' organizations, festivals and groups, including six BAFTA Awards."..... I mean it beat out Avatar! WTF?!? Hollywood pushing a movie that sucks this bad is the crime...|
|I think the MAIN reason it never did well at the box office is the advertisers and distributors didn't do their jobs. In other words, it was under-advertised, and wasn't shown in enough cinemas. I Live in Australia, and found out (afterwards) it was only shown for 14 DAYS in a single cinema in Adelaide (5% of Population), with similar viewing periods/distribution in Perth and Brisbane. Melbourne and Sydney had more cinemas (4 each), but still only 2 weeks on screen. I couldn't find ANY viewing details for Hobart. Such short viewing periods usually mean ONE thing ... there were not enough tickets sold to justify keep showing it. I've discovered two main reasons for this ... 1) The movie sucked, and 2) Nobody knew about it, which leads back to Advertising ... or lack thereof.|
The fact that it won the Oscars it did shows how poor the movie crop was last year, and how bad the judgement is in the members of the Academy.
|I thought it was a decent movie,just a shame the money men have had to tarnish it-greed sucks x|
|any WAY OF FINDING OUT IF YOUR ONE OF THE PEOPLE BEING SUED? IVE GOTTEN LETTERS IN PAST BUT DON'T REMEMBER IF ITS WAS FOR THERE HURT LOCKER.|
|posted by (2011-05-26 23:49:00)|
|Well I downloaded it and loved it, so 6 months later when it finally arrived at the cinema in Australia, I went and saw it. So they still got their money. I see no harm in downloading a movie - if it's good we'll pay good money to see it on the big screen - if its crap, then they don't deserve my hard earned money. P.S. I now own it on Bluray !!|
|posted by (2011-05-26 23:59:11)|
|posted by (2011-05-27 00:18:59)|
|That film was average. It wasn't even worth being mentioned at the Oscars.|
|posted by (2011-05-27 07:20:14)|
|Greedy 'Effers, if someone watches it at home on their own pc, and not sharing or profiting from it, who cares? I understand if someone is cutting their grass and make profits from someones business.... Just my 2 cents.|
|Producers of “The Hurt Locker” have a very simple plan of action: sue everyone who ever downloaded the film. Currently, the number of targeted people has reached 24,500 BitTorrent users.|
lets see if I have this article correct? These diaper Stains are suing over 24000 I.P. Addresses because they claim their movie was DOWNLOADED?
So they expect to get millions of Dollars from 24,000 I.P addresses because they didn't pay $20.00 for a ticket to watch a bad movie??
WOW I didn't know movie tickets; a DVD cost thousands of Dollars YET..
Even if anyone ID'd via these I.P's would only be liable when proven; NOT ACCUSED of DOWNLOADING this movie in the current RETAIL PRICE OF THIS MOVIE....
So again these diaper stains are going to claim over 24,000 I.P's that didn't go to a theater andpay for a ticket cost them millions of dollars?
I hope the one's accused get a good Lawyer for a class action Law suit; go on the attack when you have no choice..
Yet the form ACS tried this very same tactic and it was flushed down the toilet; Oh forgot... They finally got that Lobby Biatch appointed a judge now...
|My thoughts are if they are suing everyone who downloaded the movie then they should only be able to sue the cost of the movie. i.e. if you downloaded a screener or cam you should be sued for the ticket price ($10us) if you downloaded a DVDrip you should be sued the cost of the DVD ($15us) if you downloaded the BR the cost of the BR($25). If they are looking and finding the original leak then they can sue for more damages if they wish. The courts should put an appropriate cap on the lawsuits especially if they are planning on sueing everyone. They really cannot claim damages b/c I shared the movie with Menahunie as Menahunie is being sued as well (not picking on you just an example.) But as stated above by Crashman the main reason the movie didn't make any money is their marketing for it. There was almost no marketing for this film and a very limited release. I don't think I ever saw this advertised in cinema anywhere near me. And for the record almost all (ALL) of voltage pictures suck.|
|I only knew of the film through ET and as the reviews were so bad I didn't bother with it. I thought it was one of those made for tv jobs. They will need to hold court in a football stadium.|
|Crashman i'm in Texas a town of 50,000 people the movie showed her for 3 days that should say something i know vets here and they say the movie is way off base.|
|posted by (2011-05-27 17:14:30)|
|What has US Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement have anything to do with copyright infringement. Its to curtail human right and make everyone into a slave for the Illuminati and the one world government, the money bastards never have enough of it, and are screwing all humans outside of their elitist club, also they want to diminish the world population to 500 million by wars and viruses so that they could have it all. Buy the way, ugly movies are made by ugly people.Look at all the crap coming out of hollywood, and they want us to pay for it. Ha Ha Ha|
|posted by (2011-05-28 01:13:53)|
|Why don't they sue The China man , they only used 10 IP's but they put out 100 thousand of DVDs , go to China and count it ! they might get more Yuan than real dollars !!|
|posted by (2011-05-28 20:20:23)|
|Well this is what happens when accountants take over a creative industry.|
If Old Selznick or Mayer were still running the show, they'd have found a way to profit from torrents and the internet long ago.
Bean counters have no imagination, regardless of what ivy league school they graduated from...
As for the China comment, "GOOD LUCK" China isn't bound by Yankee law and since they have become the "World's Bank" who can do anything about what they do?
You have the Arabs and their oil on one side of the world and the Chinese and their money on the other. For the US it's like who do you appease, your Cocaine dealer or your Heroin dealer?
|posted by (2011-05-28 21:05:22)|
|torrent is also a free advertisement. if i love the movie i will buy the original copy. 17 million isn't bad. they want to get rich immediately.|
|Shit that could be me. haha good luck cause i don't got shit. A potion of nothing is less than nothing. Enjoy greedy asses.|
|After limewire now torrents are also not safe |
Well i downloaded the movie from here.Does that mean i will be sued?
|posted by (2011-05-30 00:29:22)|
|Hurt Locker Producers SUCK and so did your movie....Your movie was ok at best, barely entertaining. Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Saving Private Ryan to name a few were farrrrrrrr superior to your movie. So quit whinning and just accept that your movie sucked balls.|
|I didn't download the movie because I thought it looked like it would be crap.A friend of mine bought it and said she didn't watch but about half of it as it was crap.I looked at hers to see if it was as good as they are making a big deal out of it.Guess what about half way through the movie I took it out and still haven't finished watching it.I don't care to see the rest either.In my opinion as crappy as that movie was they should be happy with just the oscars and awards,they are lucky in my opinion to have got that,I would never had voted for it.I don't understand why they want more when I feel like they got more than that crap was worth.They should be happy they got what they got.Very happy.|
|A pirated copy of the Hurt Locker was broadcast on national public television a while ago. They found out after, after the film company found out they had not approved it. So if you're going to sue 24,500 people, then it's only fair to sue the rest of America. Then go shoot yourself for complaining worldwide on the web and world news that you're pissed because hackers got you 6 oscars and world fame for by downloading your movie that I personally had never heard of until i watched it after accidently downloading it.|
p.s. i actually liked the movie a lot though it was not worth the awards that were "forced upon" the director (FYI she is also James Camerons wife, the director of Avatar, the movie that the her movie the Hurt Locker beat n the oscars. I
bet he was pissed when his wifes shitty movie beat out his badass multimillion $$$ film hahaha).
|the movie did suck thats why it should be given to everyone for free. they got me on that lawsuit i promis they will not get a penny from me.|
|read the new article about another Doe law Suit being thrown out AGAIN. All these morons are doing is digging themselves into a legal hold by their own actions. They are only helping I.P. Defendants by these actions.|
|No avatar How can they justify suing me for downloading this movie, when IF I had gone to the cinemas to watch this, I would've walked out within the first 30 minutes to get a full refund anyway. (This is how it works in Melbourne, Australia) Just as I deleted the file 20 minutes into the movie because it didn't really appeal to me. Seems they can't handle the fact that they performed so poorly in the box office. People have been downloading movies since forever. Surely producers would acknowledge potential losses from people downloading, prior to making the movie? It's inevitable. Just as it is in any business, there are always gonna profits & losses.|
|posted by (2011-06-01 17:52:43)|
|I havent downloaded this film but the message applies. Most films i have downloaded are the ones which i would never have gone to see or bought the dvd so they were never going to get my money in the first place. which im sure applies to some of the 24500 people being sued||
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