Nicolas Chartier, the movie producer who was banned from the Oscars for sending nastygrams about Avatar, and more recently, told a critic, “you’re a moron who believes stealing is right. I hope your family and your kids end up in jail,” is nothing if not consistent. Chartier has made good on his earlier threat to sue people who downloaded copies of The Hurt Locker, by filing a suit against 5,000 anonymous downloaders in Washington, D.C.
CNET’s download on the case:
Voltage Pictures, an independent production company, filed a copyright complaint on Monday against 5,000 John Does in federal court in Washington, D.C. According to court records, next on the company’s to-do list is to learn the names of the John and Jane Does from their Internet service providers.
Attorneys for Voltage wrote in the complaint that unless the court stops the people who pirate “The Hurt Locker,” then Voltage will suffer “great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money.”
Voltage has asked the court to order anyone who downloaded the movie illegally to destroy all copies of “The Hurt Locker” on their computers and any other electronic device that they may have stored the film.
In its legal filing, Voltage claims to already have the IP addresses for the Does, which could allow the company to track down individual downloaders, if ISPs are willing to share their names. “The plaintiff has identified each defendant by the IP address assigned to that defendant,” Voltage’s attorneys wrote. “The plaintiff believes that information obtained in discovery will lead to the identification of each of the defendant’s true name.”
‘Hurt Locker’ downloaders, you’ve been sued [CNET News]