Hoboken downloaders could be subpoenaed!
Several Hoboken residents may be in some big trouble!
Like downloading movies? You may be busted next!
Cablevision Optimum Online customers in Hoboken “on the list…”
Hoboken411 reader Matt sent in this *very* interesting tip about illegal movie downloading…
Last month, Voltage announced that they intended to file a lawsuit against 50,000 downloaders of their oscar winning movie The Hurt Locker.
As a follow up to their announcement, not only has the lawsuit been filed in Washington, DC, but Voltage today released the first 700 IP Addresses of those they intend to bring to court — several of which are Optimum Online subscribers in the Jersey City/Newark/Elizabeth and Hoboken areas.
Typically, lawsuits like this in the past (at least filed by the lawfirm representing Voltage), amount to out of court settlements of approx. $2500 — meaning that Voltage is seeking to bring in $125 million while the actual cost of 50,000 DVDs would be in the range of $650,000 — assuming that they received the $13 that Amazon charges for a copy of the DVD and that retail stores don’t take a cut of the retail price.
But I’m not writing to necessarily say who’s right and wrong in this case, I’m writing to point out two things:
- Cablevision/Optimum/Verizon/AT&T/etc. are going to be subpoenaed for the contact information for each of the 50,000 people who downloaded the movie — so much for anonyminty on the internet, and…
- Anyone who has left their wifi network without a password over the past few months may have had somebody steal their internet access and download this movie, and may now owe $2,500 to Voltage Pictures…..unless they can somehow prove that they weren’t the ones using their internet access, in which case the cost is just legal fees.
In my building downtown, there are at least four or five open networks which I know guests in my apartment use rather than asking for my password….
Anyway, I thought this whole issue might be of interest to your readers, because, even if they don’t personally pirate movies online, someone on their network may have and their ISP might be turning them in.