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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    darryl, 7 Jul 2010 @ 1:15pm

    Catching rats

    Imagine, if you will, you have a plague of rats.

    You are a farmer, and you grown grain, you grain is mixed along with many other farmers grain in silo's that you do not own or have control of.

    So you have a plague of rats, if you take down the silo where the rats presently are, they will go to the next silo and eat that grain (which is also yours, and others).

    Mike, has often said you cant stop file sharing sites, new one will start with others close.

    So like the silo's it does not solve the problem of the rat plague.

    You can take down as many silo's as you like, but more will be available for the rats.

    All you can do is kill the rats, and it is clear that is not possible by takeing away individual silo's.
    (or DCMA site takedowns).

    So you leave the silo's there, and you put nice tasty poison and rat traps all around.

    You let the rats come and eat their fill, they then go away and die.

    Problem solved, you are fixing the cause and not responding to the effect.

    So if you are a rat and you are silly enough to go to the silo and feed on the nice tasting food there, and you can probably work out the next part.

    As for this being "inciting theft" the producers of the content are not the ones providing the files online for free.
    So the are not inciting crime, they are using what they consider (and I agree) would be the most effective method of dealing with the root issue.

    Mike has said many times here, you will never be able to kill all the file sharing sites on the internet.

    The copyright people have listened to Mike, and they agree, you cant, so why try.

    Instead, fix the root cause of the problem, the people actually downloading and uploading illegal content.

    What I find odd, is the justification for taking these files, fair use, or whatever. the bottom line is you want it for free.

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