Nicolas Chartier, the hotheaded Hurt Locker producer who got banned from the Oscars and has been a steady source of embarrassment for the film ever since he came aboard, is back in the news! This time, he's serving as a sobering reminder that you can be on the winning side of an argument and still be a jerk.

Last week, Voltage Pictures announced it was partnering with the U.S. Copyright Group to sue thousands of individual users who illegally downloaded The Hurt Locker from BitTorrent. The U.S.C.G. was already going after people who'd pirated things like Uwe Boll's Far Cry, but eh, nobody cared. Now that the Oscar-winning Hurt Locker is involved, though, suddenly people are interested.

Some movie fans are upset by this tactic. Why bankrupt the individual users rather than cutting off the piracy at the source? Surely these people have seen cop movies before. You're supposed to disregard the small-time petty criminals and go for the big fish, the kingpins. The RIAA has done the same thing with MP3 thieves, doggedly pursuing people who may have illegally downloaded one song, and to what end? Mostly just bad P.R. for the music industry, although that's partly because the RIAA keeps making mistakes and suing innocent people.

Nonetheless, since it's illegal to download a movie this way, and since Voltage Pictures owns the copyright to its film, it's well within its rights to sue the people who have done it. Boing Boingreports that one of the site's readers, a Canadian fellow named Nicholas, e-mailed Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier to express disapproval of the heavy-handed tactics, and Chartier responded in his usual fashion: with grade-school-level sarcasm and insults.