Last week, we detailed a story
involving piracy and the movie “The Hurt Locker”. Due to heavy
piracy of the movie – even before it was even released in theaters
– the producers decided to take the fight to pirates. According to
reports, the producers are prepared
to sue thousands of pirates and it has the backing of 75 percent
of ISPs in the United States.
Now, however, the situation is starting
to heat up a bit. A Boing Boing reader sent Nicolas Chartier,
President of Voltage Pictures (producers of “The Hurt Locker”),
an email expressing his distaste with the fact that his company was
going after pirates with a lawsuit. "I wish to register my
disagreement with these tactics, and would like you to know that as a
result of these actions I am boycotting your films. The majority of
the people you are suing were not seeking to make money from their
downloads," explained the reader. "While it is completely
understandable that Voltage Pictures wishes to defend its
intellectual property, this is an inhumane way of doing so."
While we're unsure if the Boing
Boing reader expected to actually hear back from Chartier, we're
quite certain that he didn't expect to receive the over-the-top email response. Chartier responded, and he
struck down with great vengeance and furious anger:
please feel free to leave your house open every time you go out and
please tell your family to do so, please invite people in the streets
to come in and take things from you, not to make money out of it by
reselling it but just to use it for themselves and help themselves.
If you think it's normal they take my work for free, I'm sure you
will give away all your furniture and possessions and your family
will do the same. I can also send you my bank account information
since apparently you work for free and your family too so since you
have so much money you should give it away... I actually like to pay
my employees, my family, my bank for their work and like to get paid
for my work. I'm glad you're a moron who believes stealing is right.
I hope your family and your kids end up in jail one day for
stealing so maybe they can be taught the difference. Until then, keep
being stupid, you're doing that very well. And please do not
download, rent, or pay for my movies, I actually like smart and more
important HONEST people to watch my films.
Chartier definitely got his point
across, but it should be interesting to see how the pirates respond
to such attacks.