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A judge has granted a movie producer the right to subpoena ISPs seeking the identity of anybody who downloaded the Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables.

Wired is reporting that the US Copyright Group (which contracts its mass-litigation services to Nu Image) expects to go after 23,000 file sharers whom it believes downloaded the movie.

The order, granted by US district judge Robert Wilkins in the District Court of Columbia, allows the plaintiff to “serve immediate discovery” on listed ISPs “to obtain the identity of each Doe Defendant”, including those for which IP addresses are already known.

Wired says the subpoenas will start arriving this week.

Hollywood Reporter first noted in January that the producer of The Expendables, Nu Image Inc, had signed with The US Copyright Group to pursue its mass-litigation strategy against movie downloaders.

The US Copyright Group is the target of a class action lawsuit by file-sharers, who accuse its lawyers of “fraud, extortion and abuse”. ®

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