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The makers of action movie The Expendables have dropped an incredible lawsuit they had brought against more than 23,000 BitTorrent users who had allegedly downloaded the film illegally, according to TorrentFreak.
Over the past few years, lawsuits against users of BitTorrent and other file-sharing software have become increasingly common. Since 2010, the United States Copyright Group, a business that has no affiliation with the U.S. government, has sued thousands of file sharers in the hopes of getting them to settle out of court by paying between $1,000 and $3,000 per violation.
Nu Image, the production company behind The Expendables, teamed up with the U.S. Copyright Group in May to sue 23,322 file sharers. But now, Nu Image has decided to voluntarily dismiss the case.
Nu Image likely made the decision based on an early-August ruling made by Judge Robert Wilkins that said Nu Image can only sue file sharers living in the District of Columbia. Wilkins said the court did not have jurisdiction over the accused not living in D.C., effectively cutting out 99 percent of the initial defendants.
Another major case the U.S. Copyright Group is taking part in has to do with Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. Producers of the movie and the Copyright Group have threatened nearly 25,000 BitTorrent users who downloaded The Hurt Locker, saying the movie’s $49 million worldwide gross would have been higher without piracy.
But now that the huge Expendables case has been dismissed, perhaps The Hurt Locker’s lawsuit will be dropped as well.
What do you think of lawsuits against BitTorrent users?