Break record for number of illegal downloaders sued in a single lawsuit. Previous record belonged to producers of “The Expendables.”
It’s been a just little over two weeks since I reported how the producers of “The Expendables” had targeted 23,322 individual BitTorrent users for illegally downloading copies of the movie online, and already it’s been dwarfed by the producers of “The Hurt Locker” with a lawsuit targeting a staggering 24,583.
Voltage Pictures, the makers of the Academy Award-winning movie, first began the effort last May with the help of the US Copyright Group, a DC-based venture “combining the efforts of technology companies and a conglomeration of intellectual property law firms.”
However, it will likely be some time before it’s able to identify the name of all the 24,583 IP addresses listed in the complaint. Of the major ISPs nearly have either refused to cooperate or have strict limits of between 60 and 100 per month.
The only major ISPs to capitulate are Charter and Verizon which agreed to 150 and 100 lookups per month respectively, but even they will have a tough time naming everyone in a timely manner.
Charter has an expected May 2013 completion date with a mere 2,699 IP addresses, but Verizon’s 5,239 would take almost 4.5 yrs.
Worse still is Comcast. With 10,532 IP addresses, even at a rather quick pace of 150 p/mo, it would still take nearly 6 yrs to identify them all!
None of this seems to matter to Voltage Pictures which claims it can “conclude its discovery and that it will name and serve any putative defendants…by the end of 2013.”
See if your IP address is listed….