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More on Dallas Buyers Club Ruling

19 June, 2015
By Allison Orr

In April we reported on the Federal Court Ruling on the Dallas Buyers Club Ruling, which required ISPs to provide details of Australian customers who had illegally downloaded the movie to the company that owns the rights to the movie.

As part of that ruling, the letter that is to be sent to these users would have to go through a judge before it could be sent to users.

That letter, which has been called intimidating, has now been presented to court, and it looks like there are some problems.  One of the original concerns was that the company would attempt, speculative invoicing, where a company attempts to intimidate users into paying a higher upfront fee to avoid future legal action.

The letter does not specifically outline how much the fines will be, and the company wants to be able to contact the identified users and ask details about their annual income, so it appears they intend to charge users according to their circumstances.  Moreover, they want to question the users about how they downloaded the file and whether they have downloaded anything else.  If a user admits responsibility, they will be charged with damages for sharing the film, and legal costs.

A copy of the letter has been posted at Mashable.

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