he producer of The Hurt Locker pulled the trigger last week on a lawsuit against 5,000 unidentified people who allegedly pirated the Academy Award-winning film.
THR, Esq. reports that lawyers for Voltage Pictures will subpoena Internet service providers to identify individuals linked to IP addresses used to download the movie. Once those people have been identified, demand letters will be sent seeking $1,500 to release each alleged pirate from liability. Penalties will increase if there's no response. If a case goes to trial, Voltage could seek damages of up to $150,000 per infringement, plus attorneys fees and costs.
Voltage is represented by the U.S. Copyright Group, a Washington, D.C.-based company that’s begun pursuing torrent downloaders on behalf of a coalition of independent movie producers.
The Hurt Locker leaked online some five months before its U.S. release, ultimately grossing only about $16 million in the domestic box office. It's the lowest-grossing film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.