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23,000 BITTORRENT USERS WILL BE BITTEN

May 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

More than 23,000 BitTorrent users who downloaded a copy of the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables are likely to receive letters from the U.S. Copyright Group, notifying them that they will be sued for copyright infringement. The USCG letter will also propose a settlement of around $2,000, published reports said today (Wednesday). According to Wired magazine, which first reported on the USCG’s plans, it’s the single largest illegal-BitTorrent case in U.S history, made possible by a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins, who permitted U.S. Copyright Group, acting on behalf of NuImage/Millennium Films to subpoena Internet service providers for the names of those who downloaded The Expendables. The company has listed some 23,322 John Does — it currently only has their IP addresses — that it wants to sue, but more are likely to be added to the list. The website TorrentFreak, which tracks BitTorrent sites, observed on Tuesday that if only 75 percent of that number pay a $2,000 settlement, the studio and its lawyers would earn more than $35 million, about a third of the movie’s grosses.