Filmmakers Sue Thousands of Casual BitTorrent Pirates in Canada

  • Two movie studios have submitted a lawsuit against Canadian BitTorrent pirates.
  • The court will have to decide if it will order ISPs to hand over the identities of 3248 people.
  • BitTorrent users in Canada and any other place in the world should finally start using VPNs.

The moviemakers “Rambo V Productions, Inc.” and “Fallen Productions” have made a surprise move after they filed lawsuits against 3248 defendants in the Federal Court of Toronto. The targeted individuals are casual BitTorrent pirates who have allegedly downloaded and distributed the classic “Rambo: Last Blood” movie and the mediocre film “Angel Has Fallen”. This is not the first time that “Fallen Productions” has tried to punish casual pirates, as they have tried to do it again through YTS, and also through CotoMovies. However, this is the first time that we see casual pirates being targeted in Canada.

That said, this case holds a special litigation interest, as we will now see if the court will order the revelation of the names of these people. To do this, the court would order the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to hand over the identification information of their customers, essentially accepting that IP addresses are concrete and adequate evidence to accuse someone of copyright infringement offenses. The movie studios state that even if the bill payer isn’t the direct infringers, they should still carry responsibility for negligence and willful blindness.

So, we have 1218 “John Doe” defendants who downloaded Rambo, and another 2130 who took part in a BitTorrent swarm which shared “Angel Has Fallen”. Due to a large number of targeted people, these cannot be systematic content uploaders and prolific pirates. As the lawsuit details, the two filmmakers have sent warning notices to the infringers in accordance with the provisions of s. 41.25 and s. 41.26 of the Copyright Act law, and which the serving ISPs responsibly delivered. Allegedly, the pirates ignored these warnings and continued their unlawful activities. The filmmakers then sent a second notice, threatening the offenders of legal action taken against them if they won’t stop sharing their films without a license. As it seems, this second warning didn’t have any effect on the defendants, so they are now officially prosecuted.

The filmmakers will surely ask for damage compensation and injunctions, as long as they get their hands on the identities of the infringers. The most important element though is that if this case moves forward in that direction, it will serve as a message to the pirating community in Canada. The above story should be enough to convince everyone to use a VPN when they engage in peer-to-peer file sharing, so check out our list with the five best choices for Canadians in 2020.



Mob Psycho 100 Season 3: Release Date, Teaser, Poster and Where to Watch!

Mob Psycho 100 season 3 has finally been confirmed by the series’ official Twitter account, along with the release of a new...

GPSD Bugs Set to Roll Back Clocks to 2002 on Sunday

A GPSD bug will make apps roll back to 2002 on Sunday, 24th November 2021.The bug comes from a mistaken code put...

Ransomware Attacks Perpetrated via Vulnerability in BillQuick Billing Software

A critical vulnerability that allowed remote code injection was discovered in multiple versions of the relatively popular BillQuick billing software.The exploit comes...
For a better user experience we recommend using a more modern browser. We support the latest version of the following browsers: For a better user experience we recommend using the latest version of the following browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari