In a federal lawsuit filed in Texas, where the critically-acclaimed movie was based in, producers are asking for damages and lawyers’ fees for the yet-to-be-named defendants they say illegally uploaded their film online, killing its’ profits.
In court docs, producers say that the pirates, who exchanges copies of the film via formats such as BitTorrent protocol or torrents, are “stealing copyrighted material from many Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) in numerous jurisdictions.”
They went on to claim that the film’s reputation could be theoretically damaged by the exponentially eroded quality with each copy.
“Each time a Defendant unlawfully distributes a free copy of Plaintiff’s copyrighted Motion Picture to others over the Internet,” the producers said, “each person who copies the Motion Picture then distributes the unlawful copy to others without any significant degradation in sound and picture quality.
“Thus, a Defendant’s distribution of even one unlawful copy of a motion picture can result in the nearly instantaneous worldwide distribution of that single copy to a limitless number of people.”