‘The Hurt Locker’ producers to sue 5,000 file sharers

Pirate Bay founder complains about decision

Makers of The Hurt Locker are to file lawsuits against thousands US based file sharers who made the film available online.

Voltage Pictures are applying to get the names of 5,000 people who have been caught sharing the film by internet service providers.

“With new technology making it easier to commit piracy, we believe it is more important than ever for people to continue to act responsibly in order to protect jobs and our industry’s survival,” a spokesperson for the company told BBC News.
“Piracy hurts each and every hard-working person attempting to support his or her family through a career in the entertainment industry.”

However Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi argued that file sharers help the movie industry by creating more hype around a release.

He said: “We’re seeing that file-sharing increases revenue as well as interest of the value of movies, TV-series, music and more. Suing people for being fans is just quite stupid.”

The Hurt Locker , which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, plus six BAFTAs and the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film.