Keith Staskiewicz
March 30, 2010 AT 09:53 PM EDT

More than 20,000 movie downloaders have been targeted with copyright infringement suits over the past few weeks, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The US Copyright Group, representing a group of independent film producers, has filed five lawsuits against tens of thousands of online torrent users, including one over the illegal downloading of the Uwe Boll film Far Cry. More litigation, affecting 30,000 more users, is expected. The US Copyright Group’s case is buttressed by new technology that helps to identify downloaders’ IP addresses and ensure that the downloaded content in question is, in fact, copyrighted material. Eight individuals have already settled.

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