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700 ''Hurt Locker'' IP-addresses Goes to Court

The Washington D.C. District Court has received approximately 700 IP addresses of BitTorrent users who shared a copy of "The Hurt Locker" sometime between the last week of April and the first week of May. The provided evidence is in response to a complaint filed by the film studio against 5,000 unidentified, alleged BitTorrent users. With the help of the U.S. Copyright Group (USCG), the studio is requesting that all personal information linked to the IP addresses be provided for further prosecution.

With the first 700 addresses now in hand, the D.C. District Court must now decide if ISPs should be required to cough up the information. If that is indeed the case, identified parties will be offered a settlement of $2,500. Although it's highly unlikely the Hollywood studio and USCG will actually collect every penny, the current scheme is shooting to earn millions in lost revenue and beat the movie's original box office numbers.

But not every ISP is in compliance to the court's request. Time Warner did not provide addresses for the first batch, standing up for consumer privacy and even went to court to prevent a subpoena which would force the ISP to expose "hundreds of customers" to the USCG. Time Warner claims that the process to gather IP addresses and provide them to the court would be "too time consuming."

The entire list can be seen here. It shows the name of the shared movie, the date and the time of the copyright infringement. Currently it's unknown if the files were actually tracked, or how the evidence was gathered.