Three weeks before its theatrical release, a DVD-quality copy of the upcoming ensemble action film, “The Expendables 3,” starring Sylvester Stallone has been leaked online. After the issued temporary restraining order (TRO) against file-sharing sites who have illegally made copies of the leaked pic, the distributor company, Lionsgate, has obtained preliminary injunction against involved parties. Read on for more details about this story.
Four days after issuing a temporary restraining order and financial freeze on assets against torrent file-sharing sites — limetorrents.com, billionuploads.com, hulkfile.eu, played.to, swankshare.com and dotsemper.com — Lionsgate has been granted with a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Margaret Meadows. The said TRO has expired last Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
Pirated copies of “The Expendables 3” have begun to show up on torrent-sharing sites on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. By Thursday, July 24, 2014, downloads have started to peak. The movie had been downloaded 250,000 on the first day, 189,052 times worldwide by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Thursday, and 42,216 downloads coming from the U.S. with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picking up the case on Aug. 1, 2014.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate’s representative Atty. Dennis L. Wilson was present when the decision was announced at a downtown LA courtroom. Surprisingly, there were no representatives for the defendants, and none of them filed for opposition against the permanent injunction. Meadows questioned if there was communication with the defendants, with Wilson affirming that his firm, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has been keeping in touch with Played.to’s counsel. Furthermore, he added that Played.to has offered full cooperation by taking down the file in their site.
Moreover, Lionsgate have been searching the high seas of the Internet thoroughly for any hidden or misnamed downloads of the film, asking the courts for permission to make domain name and server companies, such as Google and GoDaddy and other like companies, to provide information on sites that are sharing illegal copies of the film, with Meadows granting the request.
“Through these subpoenas, Lions Gate may demand the production of electronically stored information and other documents and information that is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of Defendants’ identities and locations,” said Wilson to Deadline.
The subpoena will include and will not be limited to billing records, website content, server logs and correspondence with any one or more of the defendants.
“The Expendables 3” is a sequel to the 2012 action film, “The Expendables 2.” It features returning cast members such as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They will be joined by Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, Mel Gibson, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Kellan Lutz and Harrison Ford.
“The Expendables” grossed over $275 million worldwide, while the second installment took in more than $300 million. and the action-packed film is is set to be released on Aug. 15, 2014.
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