File-Sharing Lawsuits In Canada: Montreal Canadiens May Be Named In ‘Hurt Locker' Suit

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MONTREAL CANADIENS HURT LOCKER FILE SHARING LAWSUI
The Montreal Canadiens are targeted in a lawsuit involving the file-sharing of The Hurt Locker, according to a website specializing in reporting on web piracy. | AP

A website that specializes in reporting on digital piracy says it has identified the Montreal Canadiens among the IP addresses targeted in a piracy lawsuit.

Voltage Pictures, the company behind the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker, filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this year against Canadian IP addresses who were allegedly monitored sharing the movie on BitTorrent networks.

In a decision last month, the court ordered three Canadian internet providers -- Bell, Cogeco and Videotron -- to hand over the names and addresses of the people linked to those IPs.

Earlier this week Torrentfreak, a website specializing in digital piracy issues, posted what it said were lists of the IP addresses targeted by Voltage in the suit. In all, the lists identify 29 different computers -- far short of the thousands of defendants seen in similar lawsuits in the U.S.

But what caught the eye of one commenter on the site was a particular IP address that appears to belong to the canadiens.com domain -- which redirects to the official site of the Montreal Canadiens.

Several IP lookup sites confirm that the computer is identified as being at Montreal’s Centre Bell, and registered to an IP address belonging to l’Arena des Canadiens, the company that owns the Habs.

HuffPost Canada has requested comment from the hockey club.

Even if confirmed, the presence of an IP address listed to the Habs does not mean the hockey club sanctions copyright-infringing file-sharing. Anyone with access to the internet at the Centre Bell -- including those within range of any wireless routers on the premises -- could have downloaded The Hurt Locker through the hockey club's lines.

It is precisely this uncertainty in identifying the individuals behind IP addresses that prompted one U.S. judge to dismiss a file-sharing suit earlier this year.

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