Hurt Locker

Some of you may have heard about the class action lawsuit the MPAA filed against 100,000+ downloaders of the arguably horrendous film, Hurt Locker. Frankly, the lawsuit itself bothered me- I’ve never used bittorrent, and don’t illegally download music or movies, but the whole concept of a reverse class action lawsuit -where a single plantiff sues multiple defendants- seems wrong.

Now, at least according to the Piracy network, the lawsuit’s been dropped. Anyone else heard about this? What about all the people who paid up on the MPAA’s extortionary letters that were sent out?

5 Responses to “Hurt Locker”

  1. BrianN says:

    we’re supposed to pay for that kind of crap? What ever happened to art for art’s sake, huh?

  2. Pitt says:

    Apparently, artists are tired of starving.

  3. Dan says:

    I saw an article about a novelist whose book was pirated. He’s received hundreds of letters with checks from people who wanted to say they love his work, but who didn’t want that money going to the publicist. On an idealistic level this is a pretty cool plan…if you ignore the fact that you’re denying the underlings at the publishing company their measly paychecks. For obvious reasons this wouldn’t work in the movie or large production music industry.

    Dear Dreamworks, here is a check for $5 because I loved your movie I downloaded. Please don’t sue me.

  4. BrianN says:

    @Dan

    Also, these days, if the artist wanted to publish his book without a publisher, what’s stopping him? Oh, right, publishers do stuff like promotion and distribution too? Surely the author doesn’t benefit from that.

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