Watch out! There is a new round of torrent hate brewing in the courts and it’s targeting individual movie pirates and big torrent sites alike.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that more than 20,000 individual movie torrent downloaders have been sued in the past few weeks in Washington, DC, federal court for copyright infringement, and another lawsuit targeting 30,000 more torrent downloaders on five more films is forthcoming in what could be a test run that opens up the floodgates to massive litigation against the millions of individuals who use BitTorrent to download movies.

Unlike the RIAA’s blunt approach that saw old ladies in court and students stuck with million dollar fines, the MPAA is walking on eggshells. Instead of targeting individuals for all the movies, songs and games they have pirated, the lawsuits look at an individual movie and rolls all those who pirated the film into the lawsuit.

In a separate lawsuit, ISOHunt looks like it will be forced to shut down.

The founder of popular Bit Torrent site IsoHunt, Gary Fung, has been ordered to remove the .torrent files for all infringing content—an order that could result in the site shutting down.

US District Judge Stephen Wilson issued the order last week after years of back-and-forths over the legality of IsoHunt and Fung’s two other sites (Torrentbox and Podtropolis).

Fung claims he’s still hoping for a more agreeable resolution that won’t result in IsoHunt closing its doors, but for now, things aren’t looking good for the torrent site.

So pirates beware, the new round of torrent hate is focused squarely on movies. So pirate all the music you want while the RIAA tries to figure out what they are doing next.

[Via Ars Technica | Hollywood Reporter]

Nick Upton

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