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Lionsgate Sues ‘Expendables 3’ Pirates

August 1, 2014 · Posted in M&E Daily, M&E Exclusive · Comments Off 

By Jeff Hyatt and Chris Tribbey

Lionsgate has filed a lawsuit against 10 anonymous individuals the studio alleges were responsible for illegally sharing a high-quality copy of “The Expendables 3,″ two weeks before the film was set to hit theaters.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that those who shared the film “may be found in this district and/or a substantial part of the acts of infringement complained of herein occurred in this district,” according to the July 31 filing.

“Lionsgate … believes and on that basis alleges that only a single digital file containing the film was stolen, and that every copy of the film alleged in this complaint (and every copy available anywhere on the Internet) originated from and is a reproduction of that single original digital file,” the suit reads.

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