The makers of Dallas Buyers Club, an Oscar-nominated film starring Matthew McConaughey, have filed a lawsuit (PDF) against 31 anonymous Internet users who allegedly downloaded the movie illegally.

The suit is striking because it’s one of a very few instances where the owners of a critically acclaimed film have pursued Internet downloaders in court.

While thousands of movie downloaders have been targeted in recent years, most of the targets have been sued over p**nographic movies. Many of the p**n cases settle, but suing over more mainstream content hasn’t been a clearly profitable enterprise in the past, in part because more of the accused are willing to fight back. Starting in 2010, makers of The Hurt Locker sued thousands of alleged downloaders.     

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