3,120 BitTorrent Users Targeted in LFP ‘Avatar’ Suit

Oct 17, 2010 8:15 PM PST
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Larry Flynt Publications on Sunday sued 3,120 BitTorrent users who allegedly downloaded and distributed Hustler‘s "This Ain’t Avatar XXX 3D.”

LFP's Internet Group unit is asking the U.S. District Court in Dallas to order the identities of the John Doe defendants from scores of Internet service providers. The suit said the Does used public BitTorrent trackers such as isoHunt.com, TorrentMonkeys.com and TorrentHound.com to obtain the movie.

So far, the "This Ain’t Avatar XXX 3D” suit filed is the second largest in terms of numbers of Does sued over porn BitTorrent thievery.

Earlier this month Tru Filth scored the highest number of targeted Does with 5,011. Those sued in that suit had allegedly downloaded and distributed the heavily pirated celebrity sex tape "Danielle Staub Raw."

"This Ain’t Avatar XXX 3D,” the spoof on the mainstream movie, had a working budget that was three times that of a normal adult feature and has become a blockbuster for the studio.

Hustler founder Larry Flynt told XBIZ last month that the company was “taking adult entertainment to the same level of quality production and technical expertise as mainstream Hollywood blockbusters“ with the movie.

“Our production of 'Avatar' will raise the bar and usher in a new era of 3D content," said Flynt upon its release in late September.

The “Avatar” copyright suit seeks damages, as well as attorneys fees. It is being waged by attorney Evan Stone of Dallas, Texas.

Stone on Sunday told XBIZ that the latest suit came together in a short period of time.

“If anyone was wondering why we didn't make it to [Pink Visual’s] Content Protection Retreat this weekend, it's because we were still filing lawsuits,” said Stone, who indicated there could be more waves of suits filed against BitTorrent users who may have downloaded and distributed "Avatar" using other torrents.

The Content Protection Retreat in Tucson, Ariz., was held over the weekend to studios wanting to combat piracy and incorporated education panels, studio only discussions and one-on-one expert consultation.

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