How Hollywood studios react to the increasing rate of downloads for the new Oscar blockbusters, with the takedown notices being their most recent move.
Thousands of warnings have already been sent out to illegal downloaders online, in an effort to put people off from continuing on their downloading spree. New film releases that will prevail in the Oscars this year have already been downloaded millions of times, making it an urgent case for Hollywood studios to come up with an effective manner of prohibiting people to go ahead with their illegal activities.
The Big Short and The Hateful Eight are among the new film releases targeted in this case, since a lot of Internet users have been interested in acquiring them. Hive-CM8 is the group behind most of the releases, although they have not reached their initial goal of 40 releases. The FBI has been trying to get to the people in charge of all this mess, with the recent leaks of Hateful Eight.
In this turbulent environment, the Hollywood studios have been sending out takedown notices, in order to make the leaks stop or at least weaken. They hope that this intense handing out of notices will change the minds of potential downloaders now and in the near future.
The notice resembles all other DMCA anti-piracy notes. Quoting from Paramount Pictures’ partner, IP-Echelon: “We are requesting your immediate assistance in removing and disabling access to the infringing material from your network. We also ask that you ensure the user and/or IP address owner refrains from future use and sharing of Paramount materials and property.”
Although there are no immediate effects for now, there are warnings of potential legal actions that will hopefully find fertile ground and keep downloaders at bay.
Individual downloaders will not be prosecuted for the time being, but the constant escalation of things is not going to help. So, before downloading anything, you should keep in mind the consequences and the reactions that will likely be triggered by the studios, in their aim to protect their rights and interests!
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