The Hollywood Reporter's THR, Esq. blog reported Tuesday that an ad hoc coalition of independent film producers has sued more than 20,000 individual downloaders of movie torrents in federal court in Washington, D.C., in the past few weeks. It's expected to be a "test run" of a new technology to track illegal downloads. Another wave of 30,000 similar lawsuits is expected shortly.
The move seems to echo the RIAA's litigation against illegal music downloaders, which it phased out last year in favor of taking down the technology that enables illegal downloads.