The Hurt Locker: Illegal File-Sharers Will Be Sued – Voltage Pictures

By Jamie Pert - Jun 2, 2010

The company behind the award winning Oscar-winning ‘The Hurt Locker’ – Voltage Pictures have filed lawsuits against the illegal file-sharers who illegally shared the movie on websites on the internet. Although it seems that this is so far limited to the U.S.

By using Internet Service Providers, Voltage Pictures have identified around 5000 computers which either was involved or took part in sharing the Oscar-winning movie on peer-to-peer networks. Names will then be provided by the ISP’s to Voltage Pictures so they can go ahead with the prosecution.

While you may argue that illegal file sharing is wrong, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, an original founding member of a controversial file sharing website – The Pirate Bay said that “file-sharing increases revenue as well as interest of the value of movies, tv-series, music and more.” The Pirate Bay has come into the spotlight numerous times in the past for illegal file-sharing, but Kolimisoppi also added “Suing people for being fans is just quite stupid.”

Whilst Voltage Pictures, who made $150 million through film sales and acquisitions in the last three years, argue that “Piracy hurts each and every hard-working person attempting to support his or her family through a career in the entertainment industry.”

What is your stance on illegal file sharing? Are Voltage Pictures right to sue or is Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi of The Pirate Bay correct in your view?

Source: BBCNews

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  • A big mistake on their part,, It's shameful and offensive because it is not the sharer's fault that the media issuers have not kept up with the technology and are unable to issue their product in a copy-proof format. Is it??

    The record companies went nuts when cassette recording technology for homes was first introduced in the 70s, saying no one would buy the music if they could copy it off the radio for free. Which turned out to be nonsense. They also made a ton of money with the advent of cd's in the 80s because they were so much cheaper to produce than LP's (counting R&D) and were sold at the same prices and higher. So it is hard to feel sorry for movie studios while people have a small window of time in which to share media freely, en mass.
    It is not like file sharing is something done for profit. It is done to save money, it is done by poor people and kids. Personally, I buy 1080p bluray disks when I really like a movie only after Ive downloaded it on a dvdrip, or rented from netflix, and watched it once. Rips (shared files) in general, are poorer quality than the original media. I would have never have even bought a bluray player (or The Hurt Locker in 1080p) if I didnt first see a bluray rip of another film long ago and think, I want to see that in full quality.

    I understand their point, no one wants their property stolen. But others copying media for free is not costing you anything, it gets your media out there.. You are assuming they would be buying the movie if they did not download it, who is to say? And even if it has definitely had a negative impact on business, deal with it! Develop a technology to catch up and secure your product. Dont sue your own customers! (It makes me regret i bought this disk)

    I think if a film is shared very highly online the makers should feel proud its so popular!
    Not sit there fretting over the money they imagine they're losing seeing those thousands of of file sharers.

  • joe

    what Voltage is doing is a real tragedy. Especially with the recession and poor economy in America. Very likely poor families will get crushed by this outrageous legal blackmail. The industry needs to adapt to the customer, not the other way around. The film industry in America made over 10 billion dollars last year. Doesn't sound like there is a problem to me.