Thousands of people will soon be informed that they're accused in a federal lawsuit of illegally file sharing the Oscar-winning movie "The Hurt Locker."
On Friday, word came that Voltage Pictures, the independent production company that produced the film, had filed copyright complaints against 5,000 as-yet-unnamed defendants.
Voltage has hired the U.S. Copyright Group to oversee the litigation and go after alleged file sharers. The group has sued alleged movie pirates on behalf of the makers of such films as "Far Cry" and "Call of the Wild 3D." Some of the people accused of pirating those movies, including Jon Harrison from Irving, Texas, have already been notified and are well along in the process.
Harrison showed CNET the documents he received from Verizon--his Internet service provider--and the U.S. Copyright Group. To be sure, without seeing the actual notices that will be sent as part of the "Hurt Locker" suit, we don't how they'll differ. But there are likely to be many similarities.
In this photo, Harrison, 64, holds up the envelope that carried the letter from Dunlap Grubb Weaver, the law firm apparently handling some of the legal chores for the U.S. Copyright Group. Harrison said his home network is unsecured and that he has no idea who might have shared the movie.
May 31, 2010 9:19 PM PDT
Photo by: Jon Harrison
| Caption by: Greg Sandoval
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