Voltage Pictures files a lawsuit in DC

"You mess with the bull, you get the horns." It appears that filesharers that illegally downloaded "The Hurt Locker" over BitTorrent are about to feel the wrath of Voltage Pictures, the producers of the film.

The producers threatened legal action against pirates back in early May. At the time, it was reported the Voltage Pictures had the cooperation of 75 percent of the ISPs involved with the illegal downloads. According to artflaw, the producers filed a lawsuit against 5,000 "John Does" in a Washington, DC federal court.

The complaint notes that "Defendants' infringements allow them and others unlawfully to obtain and distribute for free unauthorized copyrighted works that the Plaintiff spends millions of dollars to create and/or distribute."

A Defendant's distribution of even one unlawful copy of a motion picture can result in the nearly instantaneous worldwide distribution of that single copy to a limitless number of people."

In closing, the lawsuit note that the pirates "unless enjoined and restrained by this Court, will continue to cause the Plaintiff great and irreparable injury that cannot fully be compensated or measured in money."

Voltage Pictures has the IP addresses of those that download copies of "The Hurt Locker", and it "believes that information obtained in discovery will lead to the identification of each of the defendant's true name."

Voltage Picture is declaring was on pirates and it doesn't appear to be fazed by any negativity that comes with such actions from the torrent community. Voltage Pictures President Nicholas Chartier made that abundantly clear a few weeks ago when he blasted a person that had genuine concerns about the scope of the impending lawsuit.

Chartier went nuclear, stating, "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."

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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