Hurt Locker Downloading Leads to Legal War

Academy Award winning producer Nicolas Chartier has gone after 5,000 Internet users who downloaded Hurt Locker (2009) via BitTorrent. Chartier has initiated a lawsuit, filed in a D.C. federal court, that targets unnamed users via their IP addresses. The lawyers for Chartier's Voltage Pictures are using this suit to discourage illegal downloading and especially users of BitTorrent. The rhetoric on both sides is remarkably hot. On June 3rd, 2010 Salon published this analysis by Sam Adams, who discusses how both sides are missing the middle ground where creators and consumers can meet.

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