July 7th, 2010, 20:40 PM
For 'Hurt Locker' sharers, good and bad news
Anyone who fears being sued on suspicion of pirating the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker" can likely relax, at least for a little while.
The law firm representing Voltage Pictures, the producers of the Iraq war film, is suing people suspected of being illegal file sharers but is being delayed by watchdog groups.
Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, which is filing copyright complaints on behalf of at least a dozen independent filmmakers, including Voltage, was in a Washington, D.C., court last week, where a federal judge instructed the law firm to help create a new way of notifying people that they are being sued for copyright violations.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a pro-technology advocacy group, and the American Civil Liberties Union had challenged Dunlap Grubb's attempt to file a single lawsuit against thousands of people. In the case of "The Hurt Locker," Voltage has obtained at least 5,000 Internet Protocol addresses belonging to people it says shared the film illegally. Representatives of the EFF and the ACLU argue there is nothing that binds these people together and that making them all defendants in a single suit isn't proper.
Full story: c|net