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Re: Voltage Picture Voltage Pictures is the company that filed the Hurt Locker lawsuits last year in Canada and the United States. In case people don't remember how that turned out, let me refresh your memory:
1) Voltage Pictures identifies ~25,000 US and ~2500 Canadian IP addresses sharing Hurt Locker on various torrents.
2) Using subpoenas, they obtain the real names and addresses of as many infringers as they can. In the US, many are dropped from the lawsuit at this stage because the IPs do not comply to their demands for information "quickly enough".
3) The lawsuits are eventually completely dropped.
4) Letters demanding upwards of $1,500 are sent to everyone they managed to get the real name of, threatening further legal action. This is despite the fact that the mass lawsuits had already been dropped.
5) No further action is taken, even if the letter is ignored. Some people paid the money.
It became clear at that point that their "business model" was to sue as many people for as cheap as possible. As soon as they encountered ANY roadblocks, the legal action was dropped. The only way they actually made any money off someone that responded to their demand letter (which was not a legal action).
If you're a subscriber and you get one of these letters, I highly recommend you retain some legal advice. There are many cheap and/or free legal resources at your disposal. Do *not* just send money in the mail! Even if you believe you infringed, you need to take measures to protect your rights.
Finally, as much as I regard TekSavvy highly, I think they divulged way too much information publicly in their blog. For example, they admit that they have already identified all the IPs. When Voltage Pictures goes in front of a judge, they can just point to the blog and say "See Judge, they already have the information ready to send to us. There's no reason not to grant the subpoena." This is why a lawyer will ALWAYS tell you to STFU in public when you are served legal documents.
If i remember correctly, someone post some ip address in the forum and there was one who was link to the Montreal Canadian .
Found it: »Re: Hurt Locker P2P Lawsuit Comes to Canada
»FYI: Hurt Locker court filing