Hopefully 23,000 users who allegedly illegally downloaded The Expendables really, really enjoyed the movie, because now they’ll be paying for it with fear and loathing brought on by a lawsuit, as well as possibly tons of money.
Wired reports the U.S. Copyright Group is suing 23,000 users accused of using BitTorrent to illegally download the movie, thanks to a federal judge’s order that allowed it to subpoena their identities.
Those who opt for an online settlement can pay $3,000 per infringement — a discount from the maximum $150,000 damages per infringement the U.S. Copyright Act allows. The story says movie studios pay people to troll torrent sites and capture IP addresses of those who download copyrighted content.
A Washington state attorney representing some of the defendants tells Wired that file sharers are being unfairly set up, and the system needs to be brought under control:
“It is well beyond time that the courts take control of these automated enterprises being run at great taxpayer expense with the active assistance of the federal court system.”