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Australian ISP stands up to filmmakers hunting pirates

Loek Essers | Oct. 24, 2014
The producer of Oscar-winning film "Dallas Buyers Club" has taken its hunt for pirates of the film to Australia, after filing a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits in the U.S. But at least one Australian Internet service provider is pushing back out of concern that the movie producer aims to intimidate its customers into paying excessive damages.

If Dallas Buyers Club wins, that "would open the floodgates to further claims by other rights-holders, leading to more Australians being intimidated to pay exorbitant amounts in an attempt to avoid improbable litigation," iiNet said.

The Australian Federal Court will now decide if the ISPs should hand over the information. A date for a hearing in the case will likely be scheduled early next year, iiNet said.

 

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