As Hurt Locker Producers Sue Thousands For File Sharing… They Claim Free Speech Rights To Copy Story Of Soldier
from the for-us,-not-for-thee dept
While there’s lots of attention being paid to the somewhat suicidal decision by Hurt Locker’s producers to sue thousands of fans, and to call anyone who suggests this might not be the best business strategy “morons” and “thieves,”, it’s also worth remembering that the producers themselves have been sued for “pirating” the story. As we noted at the time the lawsuit was filed, we don’t have much sympathy for the guy suing.
However, it is entertaining to read the response from the producers to the soldier who claims that Hurt Locker was based on his life story with no compensation. In response, the producers claim that they have a First Amendment right to use his story. There are plenty of other arguments made in the filing (and most of it is a technical dispute about venue), but it still does seem rather ironic that the producers can so blatantly mock people for file sharing, calling it “stealing,” when they refuse to pay the guy whose story was the basis for the movie. Now, I think they’re legally in the right on this particular case (and at the same time ridiculously overreaching in their own lawsuits). But it still is quite a contrast that they can claim that a personal, non-commercial download of a movie is the same thing as “stealing” and deserves jailtime, while an attempt to take someone else’s life story and make millions from it is somehow perfectly justifiable. Double standards.