Dec 16, 2015

Dallas Buyers Club loses (again) in its court pursuit of pirates

Tough luck, Dallas Buyers Club. A judge has ruled the company cannot send out letters to customers demanding damages.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


Dallas Buyers Club LLC has until February to decide whether to give up on chasing people alleged to have downloaded the 2013 film of the same name after the Federal Court this afternoon shut down another of its attempts to chase alleged pirates in Australia.

Voltage, the film studio that produced Dallas Buyers Club, took iiNet and five other ISPs to court last year attempting to get details of customers linked to 4726 IP addresses alleged to have downloaded the film over peer-to-peer file-sharing services.

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2 thoughts on “Dallas Buyers Club loses (again) in its court pursuit of pirates

  1. Rodney Pearce

    It is incredibly heartening to hear that the Justice in this case has completely avoided all of the issues that occurred in America with regards to speculative invoicing, john doe actions and outright legal intimidation. This was leading people to pay many times more per ‘infringement’ than the media is actually sold for.

    It clearly shows, in my opinion, that the rights holder here is not interested in simply ensuring that everyone pays for their copy, but instead are more interested in the action being able to self fund the legal team and turn more profit.

    It turns the tables of the legal system shutting poorer people out due to cost arse-about.

  2. Mike Smith

    Nice to see a Justice that has some technological ‘chops’ – and is using them.

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