|Movie studio Voltage Pictures has a record of suing BitTorrent file-sharers. It is known for filing cases against alleged pirates all over the globe and is estimated to have extracted a lot of money in the process. Voltage Pictures is one of the production companies behind Dallas Buyers Club, but not the sole rightsholder: aside from the studio, another company named “Dallas Buyers Club LLC” has also filed lawsuits against the movie pirates. Instead of working in tandem, the rightsholders are fighting over the anti-piracy loot behind the scenes.
Dallas Buyers Club LLC and Truth Entertainment filed lawsuit against Voltage Pictures, accusing it of various deceptive practices, including breach of contract, fraud and holding back money from foreign proceeds. The money has allegedly gone missing, and the production company’s anti-piracy methods were also under the spotlight, as Voltage hasn’t provided any details on enforcement actions. The company hasn’t shared any of the proceeds from its anti-piracy efforts either.
As a result, accused pirates now have doubts over who in fact owns the movie and question what rights (if any) are actually held by Voltage Pictures or the suing entities. They pointed out that the amended complaint identified Dallas Buyers Club LLC as the owner, while the original complaint listed Truth LLC as such. At the same time, the DVD cover and other material list Voltage as the copyright holder.
Although it is not a rare case that several companies have a stake in a single movie, it will be interesting to see whether this particular case can clarify the rights the entities have to pursue a copyright claim in court.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
|I think this movie will make far more from the extortion than it ever did at the box office||
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