Those who pirate software, music, or movies often don't think about the consequences of their actions. However, if the makers of "The Hurt Locker" have their say, they may send a few pirates running for cover.
Filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning movie have launched a full-scale attack against filesharers that downloaded copies of the film. However, the most amazing part of this case is the number of pirates involved in the upcoming lawsuit and the helping hand that ISPs are giving in the investigation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, tens of thousands of pirates will be targeted in lawsuit which is expected to be filed later this week. In addition, 75 percent of the ISPs involved in the illegal downloads are cooperating with the producers to hand over the ISP addresses of the pirates. "Those that have resisted are mostly doing so, they say, because of the amount of work involved in handing over thousands of names," reports Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter.
Some torrent users have been rather defiant and dismissive of the threat to sue. Many commenters over at TorrentFreak resorted to attacking the quality of the movie once news of the impending lawsuit broke. "Not a bad scam. Make a crap movie don’t make enough money of it. Then decide to sue file shares," stated user markie. "I see a pattern emerging here. Every crap movie being made will come with file shares being sued."
Another commenter suggested attempting to cover your tracks. "EVERYONE open ur wifi up , that will be the best defense … u cant prove someone went into my public wifi and downloaded it and tried to hide there tracks," exclaimed JonnieHa1435.
Another commenter, 73, expressed fear over the crackdowns:
This type of stuff really scares me. I used to think that I would just be in danger if I was an uploader, but now as a downloader you are fair game too. I mean, I’m not a newb, but after doing a bit of research, I’m seeing that I’m apparently in no way safe as I thought I was when torrenting: I use PeerGuardian and Transmission and use the Encryption/Bad Peer Block on both, but apparently, this protects me in no way aside from ISP throttling? I’m now freaked even to open my Torrent Client.
Regardless of how things go down with this latest move by the producers of "The Hurt Locker", it appears that movie studios are pulling out all the stops to combat piracy. And from the looks of things, ISPs are for the most part throwing in their support as well.