'hurt Locker' Sue 2,514 Over Copyright Infringement
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:55 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:19 PM
Within six months of that date, I bought a used copy of The Hurt Locker from Silver Screen Video in El Cerrito, California, for $6 plus tax, as part of the store's standing "$10 for one title, or any four titles for $24" offer for extra copies of DVDs whose first wave of popularity has died down.
So by July 2010, the value of a clean used copy of the movie from a DVD rental store anywhere in the United States was probably somewhere between $6.75 and $20. Treble the damages for downloader naughtiness, and you still end up with a claim for damages in the vicinity of $30 to $60.
I must say that I don't understand the legal theory under which courts agree to back studios in their effort to make an example of a select number of defendants by, in effect, forcing them to pay for the criminal activity of thousands of other illegal downloaders who are not charged.
The closest analogy I can think of would be Safeway suing a shoplifter for $3000 in damages for swiping a $15 DVD, and explaining that the damages claim was so high because lots of people shoplift but don't get caught. It's an odd area of law.