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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.

  • drksilenc
    hardly thats why it wone an oscar. it was fairly accurate. Piracy sucks but this deffinatly isnt the way to stop it
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  • MrBachelor
    Greedy Bastards!
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  • dxwarlock
    since when does a movie ticket cost $2500?
    I mean I know popcorn and drink prices are high, but geez.

    and them using the "we are proving a point, for each one that we found there was 100 we didn't" to offset and justify the costs doesn't sit well with me.

    I can have someone hit and run my car, and the next guy that scratches it charge him the total repair costs saying "you paying for your damages AND the guy that got away".

    doesnt that just give the message to the other piraters that "we are making someone else pay for your mistake, you got off free"
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  • flachet
    Anyone pirating that movie should be sent to prison. It absolutely sucked.
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  • gladiator_mohaa
    That movie was awesome! What are you taking about? I still think the court should limit the fine to 100 bucks for pirating or something. Don't ruin people's lives, but make them understand that things are not free in life. If that don't work...maybe by the third strike or something a few days in jail or make them do janitorial work for the company they stole from or something. Only in a perfect world, lol!
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  • dxwarlock
    'I can't have someone hit'
    no edit button...

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  • http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/06/judge-may-dismiss-4576-of-4577-p2p-defendants-from-lawsuit.ars

    P.S the printer dl'ed the movie.
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  • agawtrip
    LoL
    how did they know theyre downloading hurt locker??
    is that all their evidence??
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  • flachet
    One other thing that bothered me. Hurt Locker? You are going to use a line from Sly Stallone in Demolition Man as the title for your movie?
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  • flachet
    Any EOD tech yanking on a 105mm shell connected with detonator cord that is buried in sand should be hung for stupidity. It was too much BS to be anything close to good.

    The plot sucked, the acting sucked and the fact that everything he did was about as opposite from proper ordinance disposal as you can get sucked. I'm pretty sure that any EOD tech I worked with that acted like that would be sectioned 8 immediately.

    Granted with movies you have to have some leeway, it can't be full on realism, but geez, at least make is somewhat believable.

    Regarding the Oscars, I don't equate an Oscar win or nomination with good.
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