The war on movie pirating has just gone one step further in punishing US residents for downloading torrents with the announcement that the producers of the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker are out to catch everyone who illegally downloaded the film.

This is a move reminiscent of the RIAA's lawsuits against music downloaders when, back in March, the US Copyright Group contacted 50,000 individuals and demanded a financial settlement for illegally downloading a handful of independent films, otherwise they'd be hauled up in a federal court.

Find out more after the jump... The war on movie pirating has just gone one step further in punishing US residents for downloading torrents with the announcement that the producers of the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker are out to catch everyone who illegally downloaded the film.

This is a move reminiscent of the RIAA's lawsuits against music downloaders when, back in March, the US Copyright Group contacted 50,000 individuals and demanded a financial settlement for illegally downloading a handful of independent films, otherwise they'd be hauled up in a federal court.

For those that paid up, you have to marvel at the fact that their inability to wait for the official release of a new Uwe Boll film ended up costing them thousands of dollars. I mean, it sounds like they deserved it (unless being a fan of Boll's work is punishment enough...)

Anyway, this time the target is much larger (ie the multi award-winning The Hurt Locker) so it seems that the protection of a handful of laughable titles was a mere test run for bigger movies. According to Reuters, Voltage Pictures, the company that financed the production of The Hurt Locker, has joined the US Copyright Group and is seeking renumeration from the users of BitTorrent who downloaded the film (which leaked online months before its US release date).

Even though the implications about the invasion of privacy are troubling, with the Copyright Group claiming that 75% of ISP's have handed over personal details of their customers, you can rest assured that if this recent move is successful, there'll be plenty more threatening letters going in the post.

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