You can breathe a sigh of relief, unscrupulous Mcconaughey fans: the Dallas Buyers Club piracy case has just been thrown out of court. In a landmark ruling, the Dallas Buyers Club LLC case against iiNet was dismissed, with the company denied access to the private records of iiNet customers. There is, however, a chance of an appeal.
For the past few months, the rights holders to the movie Dallas Buyers Club have been embroiled in a legal battle with iiNet for the personal details of more than 4000 of the ISP’s customers with the intent of pursuing damages for copyright theft.
Speculation has been rife as to how much alleged infringers would be asked to pay, with many suspecting that “speculative invoicing” would be employed. This is a legally dubious practice in which alleged pirates are sent sternly-worded letters demanding payment of arbitrary and often exorbitant “damages”.
After much toing and froing, it seems that the case has been dismissed in its entirety. The main sticking point was the company’s attempts to claim costs for a worldwide non-exclusive distribution agreement. In his judgement, Justice Perram slammed elements of Dallas Buyers Club LLC’s argument as “unrealistic” and “surreal”.
The story isn’t over yet, though: The company still has until noon 11 February 2016 to appeal the decision. For now though, it would seem that the torrenters have won.
[Via Business Insider]