- Federal Court has ordered iiNet and several other internet service providers to hand over the identities of thousands of Australians who used an internet connection to share Dallas Buyers Club.
- As a result, ‘pirates’ who shared the film are likely to receive letters threatening legal action from Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which owns the rights to the film.
- However, Justice Perram ordered that such letters must first be seen by him to prevent ‘speculative invoicing’ and that Dallas Buyers Club LLC must not disclose the identities of the ‘pirates’.
- During the case, iiNet argued that some people could be incorrectly identified as alleged infringers in scenarios where they share accommodation.
- Lawyers for Dallas Buyers Club LLC argued that Australia has one of the highest rates of unauthorised downloading in the world and that this “is a first step from a copyright owner to try to change that balance”.
- The landmark ruling paves the way for Hollywood to sue Australians who illegally share movies and TV shows online.
- In addition to iiNet, Dodo, Adam Internet, Amnet Broadband, Wideband Networks and Internode are also required to comply with the orders of the Federal Court.
- The internet service providers have 28 days to lodge an appeal to this decision.