5K Hurt Locker Downloaders Sued

Company vows to find out their real names
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 5:22 AM CDT
In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Jeremy Renner is shown in a scene from "The Hurt Locker."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jonathan Olley)

(Newser) – If you illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker, now might be the time to delete. The Oscar-winning film's production company Monday filed suit against 5,000 John Does who illegally shared the movie, and is now trying to get the sharers' Internet service providers to reveal their names, CNN reports.

ISPs say they don't have the resources to track down the names of the 50,000 IP addresses identified in the recent wave of copyright suits that includes the Hurt Locker action, but the production company insists that "information obtained in discovery will lead to the identification of each of the defendants' true names." And the guy behind the suit, Nicolas Chartier, co-founder of Hurt Locker production company Voltage, is nothing if not aggressive: He got banned from the Academy Awards for lobbying judges to vote for the film, CNN notes. Skeptics of his lawsuit, he says, are "morons."

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