Hurt Locker Producer Drops Email Bomb On BitTorrenter

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Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier—you know, the guy who wants to sue tens of thousands of people for downloading his movie—has made two things very clear over email: pirates are morons, and let's hope their kids are jailed.

The sentiments came in response to a Boing Boing reader who'd written Chartier in protest over the suit. A simple—and polite—note that the reader was planning to boycott movies from Chartier's Voltage Pictures elicited the following email:

From: "Nicolas Chartier"
Date: May 15, 2010 2:30:30 AM PDT
To: [redacted]@[redacted].com
Subject: RE: Hurt Locker lawsuit

Hi Nicholas, please feel free to leave your house open every time you go out and please tell your family to do so, please invite people in the streets to come in and take things from you, not to make money out of it by reselling it but just to use it for themselves and help themselves. If you think it's normal they take my work for free, I'm sure you will give away all your furniture and possessions and your family will do the same. I can also send you my bank account information since apparently you work for free and your family too so since you have so much money you should give it away... I actually like to pay my employees, my family, my bank for their work and like to get paid for my work. I'm glad you're a moron who believes stealing is right. I hope your family and your kids end up in jail one day for stealing so maybe they can be taught the difference. Until then, keep being stupid, you're doing that very well. And please do not download, rent, or pay for my movies, I actually like smart and more important HONEST people to watch my films.

best regards,

Nicolas Chartier
Voltage Pictures, LLC
[address, phone, other personal details redacted]


So, that's aggressive! Also: counterproductive, probably. Of course Chartier's going to defend his company's right to go forward with the lawsuits. But to say that he doesn't want people who support P2P downloads to even rent or pay for his movies is the type of scorched earth language that doesn't advance the coversation; it detonates it. [Boing Boing]

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Hello Mister Walrus

Ok, I'm really surprised that so many people here are defending piracy of intellectual property. Even if each pirate only contributes incrementally to the overall harm, piracy is still unethical.

I can't believe some of the reasons that people are giving to justify piracy. "Mr Chartier is not morally perfect, so he should not punish people who commit crimes". Really? So if I am a software pirate, I should not chastise someone for littering? Come on.

"It is not stealing because he is still making 90% of the money that he would otherwise have". What? Pirates just stole that 10% - they used the product for free and caused the filmmakers to lose money. Who cares if it is 10% of the profits and not some other arbitrary percentage?

Look people, I understand how tempting it is to download things without paying, especially if there is almost no threat that you will be caught. I will not judge you if you fall victim to this temptation, given that so many others do. However, publicly defending this practice is just crazy. Software piracy is akin to masturbation - it's somewhat understandable if you do it, but admitting to the act should be accompanied with humility and guilt, rather than pride and defense.