Pirated Dallas Buyers Club? The law is coming for you

Movie's rights owners gunning for compensation

Did you download the movie Dallas Buyers Club illegally? If yes, then you may have to face the music soon.

US company Dallas Buyers Club, which owns the film rights to the movie with the same name, now seeks compensation from more than 500 Singaporeans who illegally downloaded the movie through the internet.

Given up by the ISPs

Local Singaporean law firm, Samuel Seow Law Corporation, is acting on the Dallas Buyers Club in Singapore as part of its global campaign. The 500 illegal downloaders were identified through their IP addresses from three major providers; Singtel, Starhub and M1.

Although letters asking for written offer of costs and damages have been sent out over the weekend to the internet users, it is not known how many have responded.

Here is a little background on the Dallas Buyers Club film. This movie was based on a true story of the journey of a man with HIV in the mid-80s. The movie premiered in 2013 and has won three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto, lead singer for the famous band, Thirty Seconds To Mars.

According to The Straits Times, the film company has requested the internet user’s details from the ISPs last year but to no avail. Hence, the company made a “pre-action discovery” application at the High Court earlier this year, forcing the ISPs to release the customer details.

mong the ISPs, M1 was the first to comply by providing the user information such as name, IC number and address as early as January to comply with the court order. StarHub is currently following suit while Singtel has just announced that it is complying to the court order.

Aside from that, Dallas Buyers Club is also going through the same routine in Australia after securing a landmark court judgement yesterday that forced the ISPs to release details about 4,700 of its internet users who have illegally downloaded the movie. In USA, more than 1000 internet users are being sued.

Watch out, pirates, the film companies are coming for you.

[Source: The Straits Times]