Friday, 22 May 2015 01:57

Dallas Buyers Club to sue other ISP customers, takes action in Singapore

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ISPs want the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club movie to pay $108,000 but Justice Nye claims it’s a bit much, while DBC’s owners target other ISPs.

The Dallas Buyers Club saga continues, with several websites reporting the news that ISPs are asking for $108,000 from DBC’s owners to gather the data on the 4700+ IP addresses and the account holders these relate to.

Justice Nye Perram, the Federal Court judge presiding over the case expressed his thoughts that the task could be automated and that the amount requested seemed excessive.

And while iiNet suggested in its blog post that downloaders could be hit with a $10 fee, the question of what uploaders of the movie - which is virtually everyone who used BitTorrent to download the movie as uploading is part of the BitTorrent equation - could pay as-yet undetermined higher fees.

Mashable also pointed out that DBC intends asking other Australian ISPs for the details of alleged downloaders and uploaders as identified by IP addresses, with some of the ISPs contacted stating they would abide by the law and court orders.

CNET and SMH have additional details, while iTWire wrote earlier this week on iiNet’s plan to potentially offer free legal advice to those who receive DBC letters. 

Meanwhile, Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reports that Voltage Pictures is asking Singaporean ISPs for the details of IP address owners who it claims have downloaded the DBC movie.

Finally, Voltage Pictures, the company behind DBC, is itself the subject of copyright infringement claims via Togo, the license holder for Godzilla.

The Hollywood Report says Voltage’s new movie Collasal, which sees a character played by Anne Hathaway somehow mentally connected to a giant lizard create invading Tokyo. Who knew the world needed yet another giant lizard movie. Perhaps Anne Hathaway is secretly one of the lizard people?

In any case, you'd be forgiven for asking: who watches the pirate watchers who themselves may well be doing a bit of alleged intellectual property theft of their own?


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