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University Students & Staff Sued For Pirating 50 Cent Movie ‘All Things Fall Apart’

University Students & Staff Sued For Pirating 50 Cent Movie 'All Things Fall Apart'

Tut-tut-tut… so which one of you folks has been pirating All Things Fall Apart? And if you did, was it worth it? If you’d asked, I’d have told you how terrible it is, and saved you the trouble.

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In a fresh lawsuit filed by attorney Boden Davidson on behalf of his client Contra Piracy, it is claimed that thousands of individuals downloaded and shared the 50 Cent movie All Things Fall Apart. The anti-piracy outfit said it obtained the “enforcement rights” from Los Angeles-based Hannibal Pictures.

Contra Piracy claims to have monitored 2,919 individuals infringing All Things Fall Apart on more than 280,000 occasions. They say they cannot identify these people without the help of ISPs, so they are seeking the court’s help in this respect […] In this case Contra wants an absolute minimum of $5,000 from each target in the hope they will reclaim at least $7,500,000. That is $500,000 more than the movie cost to make.

My first reaction was: wow, All Things Fall Apart cost $7 million to make? Really? I’m sorry, but I couldn’t tell. What a waste!

Secondly, Hannibal Pictures is the production company behind the film, so it looks like Contra Piracy is working on their behalf.

In the lawsuit, The Board of Regents of the University of Georgia, private Roman Catholic arts college The College of Saint Elizabeth, the Francis Marion arts university, University of West Florida, Lamar University, Wilberforce University and Montclair State University are all named as defendants.

Interesting mix of schools there – from Georgia, to South Carolina, to Florida, to Ohio, to New Jersey; primarily eastern/mid-west colleges and universities except for Lamar, which is in Texas), and mostly southern. 

And apparently, not just students, but also faculty might find themselves slapped with suits.

Image Entertainment acquired USA rights to All Things Fall Apart (formerly known as Things Fall Apart), in 2011, the inspirational sports drama directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Curtis “50 Cent” JacksonRay Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, and Tracey Heggins, with plans to release it in theaters in early 2012, followed by a home video release.

Soon after that news, the film aired on BET, after it screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival in the fall of 2011, and was eventually shuffled on to Blu-ray/DVD earlier last year, skipping a theatrical release all together.

It’s streaming on Netflix if you haven’t seen it and are curious.

reportedly lost 54 pounds in preparation for his role in the movie in
which he plays a promising professional football player prospect in his
senior year in college, whose career is challenged after he discovers
that he has cancer – hence the drastic weight-loss. Some family drama,
familiar tragic circumstances, self-actualization leading to redemption,
all ensue.

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