Hurt Locker Still Shared Widely Online; Wonder Why Producers Aren't Issuing Takedowns?

from the why-interfere-with-the-business-model? dept

By now we all know about how the producers of the movie Hurt Locker, Voltage Pictures, are suing thousands of people for file sharing their movie. And, you're probably also aware of the claims from Nicolas Chartier, who runs Voltage, that anyone who thinks these lawsuits are a bad strategy is a moron and a thief. You might also be aware that Chartier's "morality" on such subjects does not extend to paying the soldier whose story the movie is based on, but we'll leave that for another day.

However, it is interesting that despite all of this publicity and all of this attention about lawsuits, that file sharing for the movie has not dropped at all. It appears to still be quite popular on file sharing sites. More interesting is that Voltage, and the lawyers they've hired to file these thousands of lawsuits, US Copyright Group (or, more accurately, Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver) apparently have not issued a single DMCA takedown notice to get the file removed from various file sharing networks.

That's pretty telling, of course. It certainly suggests that this has nothing, whatsoever, to do with stopping file sharing or any sort of moral position. The law gives Voltage and US Copyright Group the tools, via a DMCA takedown to mitigate damages. But they're not using them. Instead, they're suing as many people as they can and threatening to take them to court if they don't pay up. That feels a lot more like a typical shakedown. If USCG and Voltage were really interested in stopping file sharing, why wouldn't they use the tools within the law to improve the situation for themselves? It does make you wonder, should any of these lawsuits actually reach a court, if those who are sued will point to Voltage's own failure to mitigate the infringement through the tools provided by the law....

Filed Under: copyright, hurt locker, lawsuits
Companies: dunlap grubb & weaver, us copyright group, voltage pictures


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  1. identicon
    darryl, 6 Jul 2010 @ 7:55am

    More than one way to skin a cat, or perform a sting operation

    All these people trying to find loopholes around the law, this is nothing more than a simple sting operation.

    Its obvious, its also true that law enforcement can take many forms, its up to the people trying to enforce the law how they go about doing it. As long as their actions are in turn within the law.

    Just because they have the ability to takedown sites, does not mean they have to take that option.

    And if they want to catch the people who are breaking the law, you let them break it and catch them in the act.

    Sure, you could stop bank robbery by closing all the banks, or you could go out and catch the bank robbers.

    But if you close the bank first, you never will catch any robbers, because they are not able to rob, so you deny honest people from using a bank to stop the dishonest ones.

    May be they will eventually use take downs but I assume first they would need proof of violations, and I also assume they are gathering that information right now.

    So if you are silly enough to download this movie, when you know they are taking names, and you get in trouble. Its no one elses fault but your own.

    Its even worse because its been made public that is what they are doing, so how silly would you be to download that file knowing that they are taking your details ?

    Common sense says you would be crazy to do that..

    And just because they have not issued a takedown does not give you the right to assume its free for the taking, being available is not permission to take it.

    As you should well know..

    Its your responsibility to abide by the law, if you go into a bank and there is no one there and the vault is open you do not have the right to take a pile of money. By law and by basic morals.

    Same if you find someone wallet, do you take the cash and throw it away, or do you find the rightfull owner and give the money and cards back?

    I know what I would do and have done.

    I know what is write and what is wrong, and I can use that knowledge to understand what to do if confronted with a situation where I have to make a moral decision.

    So, just because something is accessible to me, does not give me the right to access it, that is just on a moral basis.

    "Finders, Keepers" is not a valid defense.

    And your moral compass should be able to tell you if what you are doing is right, lawfull and morally correct or not..

    And if you cant decide, im sure you are entitled to go to court and defend your claim.. that is also the law.

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