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If the ongoing legal offensive against 5,000 Hurt Locker downloaders is meant to serve as a deterrent, the makers of the film have made little headway. According to torrent-centric site TorrentFreak, the mass litigation tactic hasn't deterred people from downloading the film. The film even figured on the list of the 25 most downloaded movie torrents during the month of June with around 200,000 downloads. The site further revealed that nearly a quarter of all those downloads originated in the US.
The producers of the movie are backed by a company called the U.S. Copyright Group, which is overseeing similar efforts on part of other film makers. Despite efforts to justify such litigiousness as an effective deterrent against piracy, there are many who believe it is nothing more than a witch-hunt triggered at extorting large sums from the downloaders.
Late last month, the Hurt Locker’s producers filed a copyright infringement complaint against 5,000 people it accused of illegally downloading digital copies of the critically-acclaimed film using BitTorrent. In the complaint, the producers of the film informed the court that the defendants were only known to them by their IP addresses, and that they would amend the complaint to include true names of the downloaders at a later time.
The makers of Hurt Locker have now taken the first step toward identifying the alleged infringers by providing a list of 700 IP addresses to the court. The list also contains the names of their respective ISPs and the time when the infringement was recorded.
Time Warner customers don’t figure on the list as their ISP has chosen to excuse itself from what it considers a tedious process. As for the ISPs that do figure on the list, they will only be required to reveal the true identities of alleged offenders only if the court orders them to do so. And in the eventuality that it does, the downloaders will receive a $2500 settlement offer.