Partial “Hurt Locker” Hit List Made Public

Partial “Hurt Locker” Hit List Made Public

Check to see if your IP address is listed among the 700 made public so far as part of the tens of thousands of BitTorrent users that producers of the Academy Award-winning movie intend to sue for illegally downloading copies of the movie online.

Early last month the US Copyright Group, a DC-based venture combining the efforts of technology companies and a conglomeration of intellectual property law firms, announced plans to sue “tens of thousands” of BitTorrent users on behalf of producers of the “The Hurt Locker” for illegally sharing copies of the Academy Award-winning movie online.

It then formally filed suit against 5,000 IP addresses in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia a few weeks later, telling the court that “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.”

This past Monday it filed a 23-page document with the court that listed some of the IP addresses it accuses of copyright infringement: 700 to be exact.

The only thing standing in their way is the fact that they first have to convince the court that subpoenas should be issued to determine the names belonging to each IP address.

“This lawsuit cannot proceed without the limited discovery plaintiff seeks,” the US Copyright Group told the court in its filing. “The ISPs are the only entities that can identify the otherwise anonymous defendants. Plaintiff will be unable to protect its copyrighted (film) from continued infringement.”

The EFF and ACLU have both reminded the court that the USCG has yet to prove that it even has jurisdiction over the John Doe defendants that the subpoenas are supposed to identify. With the IP addresses in hand, the USCG could easily identify “a general geographic area for the users” and seek out the appropriate venue.

They also criticize the fact that all of the accused are being lumped together in a single lawsuit even though each of them downloaded the movie and committed the offense independently of one another.

Let’s hope for the sake of the 700 listed so far the courts side with the EFF and the ACLU.

Stay tuned.

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