Sunday 19 January 2020

Movie-maker goes to war with 5,000 'digital pirates'

The producers of 'The Hurt Locker' are to sue 5,000 people who allegedly downloaded copies of the Oscar-winning film from the internet, stepping up the fight against digital piracy, writes Nick Allen.

The film won six Oscars, including Best Picture, but earned only $16.4m (€13.3m) at the US box office, making it one of the least commercially successful winners of the top prize in the modern era.

Voltage Pictures, the company that produced the film, is determined to track down those who watched it on home computers and wants damages for copyright infringement. Anyone who did so will have to pay $1,500 (€1,223) to be released from their liability or $150,000 (€122, 300) if it goes to court.

The list of defendants is expected to grow from the targeted 5,000. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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