Did you look at the announcement for the Batman XXX: A Porn Parody and say to yourself ‘While I’d like to watch something as wacky as that, there’s no way I’m buying a porn DVD in this day and age?’ and then hie over to a Torrent site to download it?
Well, you may be fucked. But not like Batman and Robin got fucked in the movie. More like lawsuit getting fucked.
Director Axel Braun filed suit in federal court against over 7,000 people who down and uploaded the film via Bit Torrent. The way it works is that the law firm representing Braun collects the IP addresses of Bit Torrent users and then sends a subpoena to the ISP associated with that IP and demands the name of the user. Which means that this is just the start of the process.
I’m imagining that even while porn is a huge business piracy hurts it more than straight filmmaking because people would rather not have their names associated with the purchase of smut. Looks like 7000 people will have their names very associated with it soon enough.
Thanks to Phil for the heads up. Via CNET