Those who pirate software, music, or
don't think about the consequences of their actions. However, if
the makers of "The Hurt Locker" have their say, they may
send a few pirates running for cover.
Filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning
movie have launched a full-scale attack against filesharers that
downloaded copies of the film. However, the most amazing part of this
case is the number of pirates involved in the upcoming lawsuit and
the helping hand that ISPs are giving in the investigation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
of thousands of pirates will be targeted in lawsuit which is
expected to be filed later this week. In addition, 75 percent of the
ISPs involved in the illegal downloads are cooperating with the
producers to hand over the ISP addresses of the pirates. "Those
that have resisted are mostly doing so, they say, because of the
amount of work involved in handing over thousands of names,"
reports Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter.
Some torrent users have been rather
defiant and dismissive of the threat to sue. Many commenters
over at TorrentFreak resorted to attacking the quality of
the movie once news of the impending lawsuit broke. "Not a bad
scam. Make a crap movie don’t make enough money of it. Then decide
to sue file shares," stated user markie. "I see a pattern
emerging here. Every crap movie being made will come with file shares
Another commenter suggested attempting
to cover your tracks. "EVERYONE open ur wifi up , that will be
the best defense … u cant prove someone went into my public wifi
and downloaded it and tried to hide there tracks," exclaimed
Another commenter, 73, expressed fear
over the crackdowns:
This type of
stuff really scares me. I used to think that I would just be in
danger if I was an uploader, but now as a downloader you are fair
game too. I mean, I’m not a newb, but after doing a bit of
research, I’m seeing that I’m apparently in no way safe as I
thought I was when torrenting: I use PeerGuardian and Transmission
and use the Encryption/Bad Peer Block on both, but apparently, this
protects me in no way aside from ISP throttling? I’m now freaked
even to open my Torrent Client.
Regardless of how things go down with
this latest move by the producers of "The Hurt Locker", it
appears that movie studios are pulling out all the stops to combat
piracy. And from the looks of things, ISPs are for the most part
throwing in their support as well.