An Australian Court to Block a US Company from Accessing Customers Details

News - (on August 17, 2015 07:41 AM)

Dallas Buyers Club case


 

Dallas Buyers Club Case


An Australian Court ruled against an American Company seeking compensation from people who pirated the movie Dallas Buyers Club.


The US based Company was seeking to get compensation from IP users who infringe the movie illegally using BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing network. According to the Company, it had identified 4,726 unique IP addresses from which the film was shared online. However, the Australian court has stopped the company from accessing details of customers.


As already said, that Dallas Buyers Club LLC (DBC) had identified 4,726 unique IP addresses from which the film was shared, still, according to the verdict of Australian court, DBC would have to pay A$600,000 ($442,000; £283,000) to obtain customer details.


However, a few month ago in April, the Federal court’s behavior was quite different, as the court had ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to give DBC details of customers who allegedly downloaded the film illegally, yet in May, the court’s ordered were hold as court asked DBC to show a copy of the letters it wanted to send to customers.


Although the Company had provided the court a copy of the letters it wanted to send to customers, yet court is not satisfied as it needed clarity how much money the company would ask customers to pay.


The Federal Court of Australia Ordered that:

  • The Prospective Applicants’ application to lift the stay of Order 1 made on 6 May 2015 be dismissed.

  • The Prospective Applicants pay the Respondents’ costs of that application.

 

According to Justice Nye Perram, the second and third requests were "untenable". Having seen what DBC proposed to demand under the clauses, and the "potential revenue it might make if it breached its undertaking to the Court not to demand such sums, it seems to me that I should set the bond at a level which will ensure that it will not be profitable for it to do so," he said.


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