HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS’ ‘TORRENT OF LAWSUITS’ TARGET ILLEGAL DOWNLOADERS IN CANADA

Over the past year, Hollywood TV and movie studios have been suing “hundreds of everyday” Canadians for allegedly sharing and downloading copyrighted material

This photo released by HBO shows Kit Harington as Jon Snow, left, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones," which premiered its eighth season on Sunday. (HBO via AP)

Over the past year, Hollywood TV and movie studios have been suing “hundreds of everyday” Canadians for allegedly sharing and downloading copyrighted material, an Atlantic-based law firm says in a press release.

“A torrent of lawsuits are descending on Canadians accused of online file sharing. If you get one of these, it can’t be ignored,” privacy lawyer and partner at McInnes Cooper David T.S. Fraser said in a tweet on Monday.

He stressed this wasn’t a hoax and that people receiving a piece of registered mail from a Hollywood studio were actually being sued for copyright infringement.

Ignoring it won’t make it go away, he said, warning that people who do could pay a high price.

People who illegally downloaded material — not for commercial use — could be forced to pay damages of up to $5,000, according to Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act. And users found to have illegally downloaded movies to make money could face fines of up to $20,000.

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