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
    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jul 2010 @ 8:15am

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


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

    They don't have that ability. They do, however, have the ability to request the take down the infringing content.

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

    This could be considered incitement to commit a crime...which itself is a crime, especially if you put the incriminating content online yourself. Watch your step.

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

    Nobody is telling you to close banks. Only to inform the authorities when a robbery occurs.

    "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."

    Yes, but a bank has a limited amount of money. If I take it, they won't have any. I would be stealing. File sharing is different. Every time I take one file, there is one more, not one less.

    "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?"

    Again, if I take it, it's gone, unlike file sharing.

    "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."

    People know what's right and what's wrong. So far, the majority of people don't seem to be much bothered by "piracy". Basically the only people you see complaining are the big media.

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

    You should stay off the Internet then. And libraries. And schools. All this free information is going to make your moral compass go haywire.

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