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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Movie Company to Sue 34 Internet Users

Movie Company to Sue 34 Internet Users

Movie Company to Sue 34 Internet Users

Added: Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Voltage Pictures LLC is a movie studio whose name has become popular in the industry after it released a blockbuster “The Hurt Locker”. The outfit has filed a lawsuit against 34 users alleged of pirating its films.

Voltage Pictures LLC has won a few Academy Awards in the past, and now is making attempts to receive $180.000 in damages from each of the 34 Internet users, accusing them of copying and distributing a last year’s movie “Maximum Conviction” without their consent.

According to the company’s complaint, the defendants are from Medford, Talent, Central Point, Shady Cove, Klamath Falls and Brookings. The movie studio wants $30,000 for copyright infringement plus $150,000 in statutory damages from each of them. However, the names of the infringers are yet unknown, because the movie studio only had their IP addresses. This means that ISPs, including Charter Communications, Clearwire Corp., CenturyLink, Embarq Corp. and Frontier Corp., would be ordered to disclose the names behind those IP addresses to identify the defendants. The lawsuit claims that taking into account the readily available pirated copies of the films and the ease at which they can be illegally downloaded at an almost anonymous level, lots of Internet users feel justified in their theft of movies.

In the meantime, Voltage Pictures LLC wasn’t the only company that suffered from such act of online theft. Another victim is Charlie McHenry, a co-founder of the video-game company called Trilobyte Games Co, whose product also got pirated. McHenry said that the larger tension is between the rights owners and people who believe in universal access. While stressing the fact that distributing copyrighted material is no joke, McHenry also claimed that monetary penalties are usually way too often blown out of proportions.

In fact, most of the infringers are underage guys who don’t necessarily realize that what they are doing is illegal. Kids may be experimenting with the worldwide web and unintentionally be breaking the law. And they or their parents are demanded to pay up to $180,000 in damages.

While Trilobyte Games Co is sending notices of desist each time one of its games gets pirated and downloaded, the movie companies keep suing large groups of Internet users, asking for damages which, in most cases, are impossible to comply with.

March 14th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Comments (21) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-03-15 00:14:43)
crazymichael avatarStop ripping people off and they will buy your games and movie but until that day comes i'd rather have no TV and game console than pay £16 a DVD and £40 a game.

posted by ET junkieTurtle (2013-03-15 02:54:33)
indubitable avatarMaximum Conviction was a crap movie! How can you sue anybody for sharing it? The industry should be sued for making that movie.

posted by (2013-03-15 03:13:20)
No avatarIm still trying to figure out how an IP address is a GUARANTEE that person downloaded a pirated item. The number just points to a computer on the network not the person

posted by (2013-03-15 06:40:54)
Zettabyte avatar@#3 i believe it has to do with responsibility for your network and everyone on it..but no matter that ..any movie with steven seagul should be willingly given away for free in hopes that someone will watch a movie with steven seagul in it..he needs to karate chop off his pony tail

posted by (2013-03-15 08:35:04)
Solcis avatar+1000

"Maximum Conviction was a crap movie! How can you sue anybody for sharing it? The industry should be sued for making that movie."

posted by (2013-03-15 09:19:03)
giraffe avatarThanx for the article Sam, I agree with everyone above and hopefully it will get thrown out of the courts soon.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-15 12:43:39)

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-03-15 15:28:28)
tonymengela avatarFirst off to me piracy is when you take a copy and make many more copies and sell them for profit, anything other than that is checking out from the library. Second they are suing these people on imaginary piracy losses. Once again as I have said before they should embrace file sharing and in fact put out low quality screens of their movies or music and see what gets downloaded where and shape their releases according to the data. Encourage public criticism and comments in the forums and reshape to the likes and dislikes, this way they can release and budget content to areas and really know where and where not to spend money and to what areas. I just cannot believe they cannot see the potential in profit by using statistics. The money they could save would be unbelievable. There are movies I go see in theaters because I know they will be worth it, like wise there are some I can wait and see if it is worth my dollar. I am not really sure if these people are so far removed from the common peoples everyday economy. They are in an un-reality of life and living, American Idol is a perfect example of just how removed they are. It is so rigged it is pathetic, yes people vote but if you step outside the box you see how certain people get just the right coverage and praise and subliminal messages that you can see where it is going. We need more logical copyright laws. besides once a movie is ripped from dvd or blue ray, the quality and performance is quite removed even by the best encoder. All that removed bytes of info to reduce space is a reduction of quality, and you could even argue that it is in fact not the same movie that is being sold as you are NOT actually copying the entire encode! People need to start thinking like they do in this to succeed, use their own tactics against them.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-16 02:12:22)
Embolism avatarCopyright has to be basically changed to allow for p2p under differing conditions that support the industry as well as allow us to get films and music,as Professor Wallis states in the courtroom at TPB`s trial p2p users share some content, but extras and other goodies like alternative endings and game content on film discs is generally not copied when they are ripped and the quality is never going to be as good since most films over p2p are only going to be a fraction of the originals size.
With Bit torrent signing to over 20 tv manufacturers to put the application into TV`s and STB`s for same being brought out onto the market it opens it up for a world wide audience to use and when seeing this it will be in the interest of Hollywood to change how it can make substantial money through the medium and protocol rather than persecuting and prosecuting the same.Cams can be seen as teasers since never going to be quality and are early releases of the real mc coy,music is their main target since much smaller files but this can be overcome by artist releasing early for reduced cost over torrents for a reduced sum of money reaching a bigger audience than before and making Itunes redundant,Bittorrent live streaming using Mikhails UDP screamer method and when that is worked through it opens up the medium and protocol to rival youtube as well so ultimately freeing up the internet for media at a fraction of what people are paying now ,but with substantial benefits to all and no loss in revenue to the industry but a launch pad for new and established artists to work off of as well as an end to witch hunts.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-16 02:17:11)
Embolism avatarAs americans say they should turn that frown upside down and work alongside bittorrent as its costing them billions to prosecute the populace when they could make them instead ,simples even for corporate america to understand.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-16 02:27:33)
Embolism avatarAzureus is showcasing new talents already I believe what better way to launch a career than over arguably one of the largest networks in the world.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-16 02:31:53)
Embolism avatarwww.vuze.com/corp/press.php

interesting news and shows what they are accomplishing in the directions tonymengela and myself seem sympatico on.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-16 02:46:38)
Embolism avatarBitcoin or some other initiative is here and shows how co-operation with the industry can and should work as with a larger audience they can afford to reach a compromise on early releases so such a high premium is not required since overhead costs such as packaging and discs,distribution cost etc are non existant,if I could download and burn a dvd for 1 gbp that was just released at the cinema I would most definitely do it after watching a cam teaser ,lol

posted by (2013-03-16 04:11:47)
Naxan avatarI'm not going to pretend piracy isn't technically theft. You can make all the arguments you like about how the quality difference makes it not the same so it isn't theft, but it is. The argument to make is the damages incurred. In a court of law, if you bring a civil suit, you have to prove that you were somehow hurt by the offending party. I've downloaded movies and games on occasion in the past, but I would never have paid for that junk in the first place. Most the time, I play a game for 10-15 minutes to see how it is and almost always delete it because its not worth my time. On occasion I will buy it after playing it like I did with Starcraft. So why should I pay full price to play a game for just a few minutes only to find out its not something I'm interested in? Same with movies.

It seems the industry model should be something more of a limited full trial, then pay to play. If a game only cost $5-10 for something like a week or two week trial period,I think more people would be interested in trying lots of games to find the few they like and then pay to unlock.(I can't remember the last time I actually saw a demo you could download) It would also alert you to potential problems with the game before dishing out good money.(Think the new SimCity and Diablo's launch problems) If the games had full, short trials, I'd probably walk out of a store with 4 or 5 at a time as opposed to buying maybe 1 full game a year. The online DRM strategy is also a fail.

If a movie was available online for free for the first half hour, it would likely get a lot of people watching it. If it was good, most people would get sucked in and pay $5 to finish it. But with so many movies you know within the first 30 min whether its quality or not. I've been to the theater many times when I simply want to walk out but stay only because I've paid upfront. Also, trailers don't work because they're always always always meant to trick you into thinking the movie is good regardless that it is usually trash. The only way to know is to see for yourself. This would keep the industry honest and force it to maintain a certain high quality of movie production.

Some people won't pay because they're cheap B@[email protected]$ and will never pay. Most people are willing to pay something so long as they feel it is worth it. This is the try before you buy crowd and where the focus of the industry should be.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-16 11:57:19)
No avatarVPN + seeedbox

posted by (2013-03-17 12:07:51)
Noch avatarGreat plans and all,to bad that most of the concepts proposed here fall well above the collected intelligence of most hollywood exe's.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-03-17 20:33:32)
Embolism avatar@3 an ip address has been ruled not to be sufficient evidence for conviction in the states as long as you are behind a router and no evidence is found you could always claim to have no knowledge of it and escape prosecution,but with the same being said data retrieval would be attempted forensically and you would get found out when such was found on your HDD (hard drive),not to say you could`nt download on a laptop from a coffee shop or university with an open router with anonymity or with a burner phone through bittorrent or Utorrent apps,or dare I say it from your neighbors wifi router if unencrypted.lol.

posted by (2013-03-17 23:25:16)
Darkan9el avatarTruecrypt encrypted HDD with 2 layers and separate OS'es, knock yer self out trying to get the data on it.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-03-18 00:16:29)
fusseltier avatarthey don't want you to pre-view the movies by downloading them because they know if you see how bad they are, you won't pay for them.

posted by (2013-03-18 00:50:13)
hubsabubs avatarIt's funny no one ever focuses their sights on the VCR/DVD-R Combos in which you can dub dvd to vcr or vice versa. The DVR capabilities of dumping digitally recorded content to your PC. The fact they have a unit in which you pop in a cd or dvd and hit dub 5 minutes later put in blank CD or DVD and it burns it right on the spot. VCR's in which you can record live TV or Tape to Tape. How about Microsofts hand in the game? Windows Media Player stock lets you Rip music to MP3 right off installation to which you can save or distribute. It's funny they want to "sue" people over every little copyright infringment but yet they provide us with every means to do the act. That's like giving someone a time machine and telling them not to use it. It's moot, they create a problem and yet want to punish people for using and or doing it.

posted by Blocked (2013-03-18 03:26:15)
kybear76 avatarIt's All About The Money
Money Makes The World Go Round

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