On May last, the producers of the Oscar Award winner "The Hurt Locker" had filed a suit in the Columbia District Court, against 5000 BitTorrent users for illegally downloading the movie. Voltage Pictures, the company that produced ‘Hurt Locker’ doesn't know the names of the defendants yet, who have been identified only by their IP addresses.
On Monday, the company filed a 23-page document with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking the federal court to order Internet service providers to reveal the names of customers who they accuse of illegally sharing copies of the movie. Included in the filing were the Internet protocol addresses belonging to some of the people accused of pirating the movie. The production company said that it will file more IP addresses with the court in the future.
CNET has got hold of the entire list submitted to the court. If you find your IP address in the list contact Greg Sandoval (email@example.com) for advice or hire your own legal advisor without delay.
Since many of those IP addresses are probably dynamic, one way to identify if an IP address points to you is to look at the HIT Date in the second column and the ISP. If you were downloading the movie via BitTorrent at that particular date and time on the given ISP, that IP could be you.
Once the producers identify these people, they'll be sent letters inviting them to cough up $1,500 to settle - and warning them that it'll be ten times as much if they don't pay up and the case goes all the way to court.
Some ISPs, such as Time Warner Cable, are resisting efforts by Dunlap, Voltage's legal representatives, to force them to look up thousands of names. In addition to "The Hurt Locker," Dunlap is performing antipiracy chores for a host of other movies and has reportedly sent more than 50,000 IP requests to bandwidth providers.
Time Warner Cable argues that the volume of requests from Dunlap could take up too many of the company's resources and will limit the company's ability to find IP addresses for law enforcement officials, who often request them for criminal investigations.