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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australian Court Determines Level of Fines in Piracy Case

Australian Court Determines Level of Fines in Piracy Case

Australian Court Determines Level of Fines in Piracy Case

Added: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
A local court is going to assess how the copyright owners deal with people pirating Dallas Buyers Club due to fears that they were trolling alleged pirates to extort settlements.

In the case launched by Voltage Pictures, the court delivered a landmark ruling a few days ago, according to which a number of Australia’s largest ISPs were forced to reveal personal details of over 4,700 users suspected of sharing the Oscar-winning movie online via BitTorrent and other services.

But this is not an unconditional victory: an Australian justice will decide how much money the movie studio can demand from the suspects. The court required the plaintiffs to submit a draft of a letter they are going to send to identified file-sharers. Another stipulation of the court decision was that the identities of the Internet subscriber remain confidential.

A few months ago, the largest broadband providers in the country refused to hand over personal details, calling previous requests of Voltage Pictures “speculative invoicing” ahead of the lawsuit. The ISPs claimed that the copyright owners were using discovery letters to threaten Internet users into making settlements.

In the meantime, Voltage Pictures is known as a smaller, independent movie company, with its recent releases including Don Jon, Killer Joe and Thanks for Sharing. The company has also aggressively pursued copyright infringement cases in the United States and Denmark.

In the United States, with the help of the US Internet service providers, the company obtained names and IP addresses of people who had illegally downloaded the movie and filed suit against them threatening with a fine of up to $150,000. Suspected pirates have usually settled out of court for around $5,000.

Entertainment industry has responded forcefully to the increase in digital piracy, but many copyright owners simply ask the broadband providers to forward their users a written warning. However, some adult content distributors including the Io Group have aggressively pursued the lawsuit strategy with great success – they even provided convenient PayPal and credit card options in those threatening “notification” letters.

In other countries – for example, Canada, – ISPs have chosen to throttle P2P traffic – in other words, they slowed down the Internet connections of people using the Internet to access potentially illegal files via P2P services.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2015-04-16 04:40:07)
Engines avatarWaiting to see the outcome.

posted by (2015-04-16 05:47:50)
No avatarSome press articles have indicated that individual demands under current Australian Consumer law may be equivalent to the maximum charge for legitimate rental or streaming of the movie IE<$20. If this is the case it wont be worth Voltage even issuing letters of demand!

posted by (2015-04-16 07:55:20)
brianic2012 avatarWhat Happens When The Big Studios Follow Suit ..$5000 Fines are Stupid ....

The Stuff I've Download in The Last 20 years ...Lock Me Up And Throw Away The Key ..Whats next The Death penalty For Downloading Game of Thrones ...

Seriously People Actually Paid Them..Good Luck Take Me To Court..They Would Want To Build A Lot Of New Prisons ...

I Think All The Media Is Just A Scare Tactic ..So People Sign Up For NETFLIX Or STan ,Ect ...Funny How It coincides With Them Being Suddenly Available In Australia.

But it Will Probably Suck In lots Of People, so Good Advertising Scam!!!

posted by (2015-04-16 08:06:40)
brianic2012 avatarAnd Also Telstra Is Privitised Now ..and has Been For Years ( I.E - Overseas People Own It! )

also Optus Rent Lines From Telstra !

Last I Heard optus Lawyers Were Contacted And They Told Them...

We Don't Keep Our Customers Meta Data ,so Don't Know What Our Customers Download Anyway!

So Why Are These Other ISP Not Saying The Same Thing!

Sounds Dodgy To Me! ... Don't Beleive everything you Read or See on News!!!

posted by (2015-04-16 11:06:00)
Kryeig avatarif they didn't charge so much at the cinemas, people wouldn't have to download a good movie, (ie. 2 movie tickets and 2 choc coated ice creams = $44), it's a joke

posted by (2015-04-17 05:49:02)
livevil avatardont have to pay to watch series on tv, plus i pay for foxtel and can record anytime i like, not to mention you can download boxsets from the foxtel onto the iq box.

so my question is if i get caught downloading a movie that is accessible by paying $5 for box office and recording it or one of the free series...how much are they going to charge me exactly?

they need to learn their place. its the consumer that has the power. without us they are nothing.

posted by (2015-04-17 14:13:14)
Magpieboy avatar@brianic2012, "We Don't Keep Our Customers Meta Data ,so Don't Know What Our Customers Download Anyway!", they will now as the Australian government have just passed laws that require ISP's (including Telstra) to retain metadata for 2 years.

posted by (2015-04-17 15:45:10)
ecco51 avatarJust got back from Bali, where there's a Dvd shop on every third street, not to mention all the other Asian countries and a lot of those pirated dvds have hardcoded subs in Chinese. I bought some and most of them are pretty bad copies. Why aren't they threatening them? Because they know they don't have any money. Either ignore them or get a class action for libel happening, after all,in court they have to prove it was the owner of the IP address who downloaded the movie and not one of the kids or friends or someone using our WiFi, as we don't lock our computers. Hollywood is 'sabre rattling'. Game on Hollywood.

posted by ET junkiemen (2015-04-17 18:49:17)
xxxskfxxx avatarwhen my family visit they all connect to my wi fi with phones lap tops and i pads.i reckon there is around 20 devices connected .am i responsable for what they all do while online

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-04-19 04:02:35)
analogkid6103 avatarxxxskfxxx: they will consider you as an isp and try to make you turn in your family.
Remember who the opposition is, they want 0 file sharing. Remember the little girl with the laptop they raided? We dealing with a money machine that has been operating for over a 100 years. They will never stop trying to stop us.
The only redeeming part to the digital era for them at least until they figure a way to win is...The death of VCR and cassette tapes. They hated them as well.

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