23,000 Defendants Sued In Biggest Illegal Downloading Case In History

stalloneMovie makers are suing thousands of individuals who downloaded and watched Sylvester Stallone’s latest film? Shouldn’t that read vice versa? Via Wired:

At least 23,000 file sharers soon will likely get notified they are being sued for downloading The Expendables in what has become the single largest illegal-BitTorrent-downloading case in U.S. history.

A federal judge in the case has agreed to allow the U.S. Copyright Group to subpoena internet service providers to find out the identity of everybody who had illegally downloaded the 2010 Sylvester Stallone flick — meaning the number of defendants is likely to dramatically increase as new purloiners are discovered.

All told, more than 140,000 BitTorrent downloaders are being targeted in dozens of lawsuits across the country, many of them for downloading B-rated movies and porn.

25 Comments on "23,000 Defendants Sued In Biggest Illegal Downloading Case In History"

  1. Anonymous | May 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm |

    Like trying to fill a bucket with millions of holes in the bottom

  2. JoiquimCouteau | May 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm |

    Like trying to fill a bucket with millions of holes in the bottom

  3. DeepCough | May 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm |

    It’s a lot less compromising to simply watch the movie as opposed to downloading and keeping it.

  4. DeepCough | May 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm |

    It’s a lot less compromising to simply watch the movie as opposed to downloading and keeping it.

  5. Anonymous | May 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    As mentioned in slashdot, this actually comes right after a judge ruled that there’s no connection between IP and an individual, so hopefully people will push to shut this down based on that. If that succeeds, we might actually see an end to these frivolous law suits.

  6. Anonymous | May 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    As mentioned in slashdot, this actually comes right after a judge ruled that there’s no connection between IP and an individual, so hopefully people will push to shut this down based on that. If that succeeds, we might actually see an end to these frivolous law suits.

  7. As mentioned in slashdot, this actually comes right after a judge ruled that there’s no connection between IP and an individual, so hopefully people will push to shut this down based on that. If that succeeds, we might actually see an end to these frivolous law suits.

  8. This sort of copyright trolling has become a business strategy for some. A company will put out a shitty B movie and make more by collecting “damages” than they every would have from sales.

    Picture these sort of practices being married to the “three strikes” laws that some countries are passing, where you lose the right to internet access after three accusations of infringement.

  9. This sort of copyright trolling has become a business strategy for some. A company will put out a shitty B movie and make more by collecting “damages” than they every would have from sales.

    Picture these sort of practices being married to the “three strikes” laws that some countries are passing, where you lose the right to internet access after three accusations of infringement.

  10. Titanic (1997) – $1,843,201,268 – 2nd highest grossing film ever
    Avatar (2009) – $2,783,165,628 – highest grossing film ever

    when was illegal downloading more rampant, 1997 or 2009? sure it’s killing the industry…

    as others have said, watching an online stream is the way forward, there are plenty of sites that offer streams and as soon as one gets taken down, another one pops up.

  11. Titanic (1997) – $1,843,201,268 – 2nd highest grossing film ever
    Avatar (2009) – $2,783,165,628 – highest grossing film ever

    when was illegal downloading more rampant, 1997 or 2009? sure it’s killing the industry…

    as others have said, watching an online stream is the way forward, there are plenty of sites that offer streams and as soon as one gets taken down, another one pops up.

  12. Titanic (1997) – $1,843,201,268 – 2nd highest grossing film ever
    Avatar (2009) – $2,783,165,628 – highest grossing film ever

    when was illegal downloading more rampant, 1997 or 2009? sure it’s killing the industry…

    as others have said, watching an online stream is the way forward, there are plenty of sites that offer streams and as soon as one gets taken down, another one pops up.

  13. Anonymous | May 13, 2011 at 12:23 am |

    If this kind of suing ever becomes prevalent people will just use a proxy to obscure their IP.

  14. dumbsaint | May 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm |

    If this kind of suing ever becomes prevalent people will just use a proxy to obscure their IP.

  15. The player piano is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the gramaphone is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the the cassette player is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the VCR is killing the movie industry, no wait,… DVD burners are killing the movie industry, no wait,.. the internet is killing them both!

    Those who ignore history are not only doomed to repeat it but to look like complete and utter retards while doing so.

  16. The player piano is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the gramaphone is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the the cassette player is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the VCR is killing the movie industry, no wait,… DVD burners are killing the movie industry, no wait,.. the internet is killing them both!

    Those who ignore history are not only doomed to repeat it but to look like complete and utter retards while doing so.

  17. Marklar_Prime | May 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm |

    The player piano is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the gramaphone is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the the cassette player is killing the music industry, no wait,.. the VCR is killing the movie industry, no wait,… DVD burners are killing the movie industry, no wait,.. the internet is killing them both!

    Those who ignore history are not only doomed to repeat it but to look like complete and utter retards while doing so.

  18. just get netflix and shut them up 

  19. just get netflix and shut them up 

  20. also use proxy servers you can add them to your bittorrent client and have the data bounce at another computer then bounce to yours hidding your address/ http://www.publicproxyservers.com/proxy/list1.html

  21. also use proxy servers you can add them to your bittorrent client and have the data bounce at another computer then bounce to yours hidding your address/ http://www.publicproxyservers.com/proxy/list1.html

    • Navysealteam7 | May 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm |

       Victor, people like you are why people like me crack a smile now and again,.. 😉

  22. Navysealteam7 | May 13, 2011 at 1:44 am |

     Victor, people like you are why people like me crack a smile now and again,.. 😉

  23.  It makes sense now… make a movie so bad that no one will pay to see it…then sue them if they watch it for free. Its the new revenue stream of the future!!! No longer will Hollywood be bound by the old concept that movies should try to do well in the box office racket…that paradigm is dying. Now they just film any turd that splashes onto their desks and make the real money when the lawyers are finished.

  24.  It makes sense now… make a movie so bad that no one will pay to see it…then sue them if they watch it for free. Its the new revenue stream of the future!!! No longer will Hollywood be bound by the old concept that movies should try to do well in the box office racket…that paradigm is dying. Now they just film any turd that splashes onto their desks and make the real money when the lawyers are finished.

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