Just last week we reported about 'The Expendables 3' movie getting leaked online, nearly a month before it is released in theaters August 15. It was only 200,000 illegal downloads, but with over a million downloads, studio Lionsgate is taking legal action against the anonymous people who shared the early copy Sylvester Stallone's 'The Expendables 3' online.
We reported that they would surely go after whomever was responsible, and Lionsgate is reporting that they found out about the theft on July 24, and on July 31 filed a lawsuit against 'John Does 1-10' in a California federal court. In the filing, the film studio reported that they learned a digital file containing a very high quality reproduction of the movie had been stolen and uploaded to the Internet. The lawsuit states that all copies online of the film are traced to the original stolen one. The information became available as to the public lawsuit information which was first reported by Deadline.
Lionsgate's lawsuit uses familiar language in complaints against torrent users of 'Doe' when targeting operators behind sites such as limetorrents, hulfile, played, swantshare, dotsemper which the film has been found on.
The exact language used by the studio was: "By downloading one of these 'torrent' files associated with the Stolen Film from <limetorrents.com>, users join a 'swarm' where they download parts of the Stolen Film from many different users and also upload to other users parts of the Stolen Film they have already received, until eventually they have reproduced the entire Stolen Film on their own hard drives and in most cases have also uploaded all or a substantial part of the Stolen Film to others."
The studio claimed to have sent cease and desist demand letters to owners of the torrent sites, but there was no response from any of them. They are demanding temporary restraining orders to prohibit the anonymous owners of the sites from doing everything from hosting, linking to, distributing, reproducing, performing, selling or making copies available of 'The Expendables 3' film. Basically, they are defending they're copyright which they have every right to do.
Lionsgate is going even further with their demands than other major studios have done. The requested order also seeks to have the defendants prohibited from "operating any of the websites" and ordered to "take all steps necessary to recall and recover all copies of the Stolen Film or any portion thereof that they have distributed." Additionally, Lionsgate is looking to prevent defendants from transferring their assets and circumventing the court orders. The plaintiff wants registry operators to place the domain names on "locked" status.
The studio is also threatening subpoenas against ISPs hosting along with cloud storage along with banks and any financial institutions granting service to the torrent sites. The identity of the person who first uploaded 'The Expendables 3' still has not been found or revealed.
Back in 2011, producer Nu Image filed a copyright infringement suit against more than 23,000 BitTorrent users claiming that they had illegally downloaded the original 'Expendables' film.