Did you download Dallas Buyers Club? You might need to be worried.
Did you download Dallas Buyers Club? You might need to be worried.

"It wasn't me" could be an argument for iiNet movie pirates

IF you're an iiNET, Internode or Dodo Internet customer who has downloaded a Hollywood movie in the last few years, you may need to be worried about a few threats coming your way in the post.   

Yesterday iiNet and other ISPs were ordered by the Federal Court to cough up the identities and addresses of thousands of customers who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club through BitTorrent.

The decision was considered a landmark ruling involving piracy and internet privacy.   

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Despite even if you're one of the close to 5000 people identified in the case as a potential "pirate" legal experts have said there are several ways you could defend the allegations.   

iiNet former chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby told Fairfax Media that while parties found to be guilty would have no defence, it was tough for Hollywood studios to prove it.  

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 "Remember that the letter is not proof and is only an allegation," he said.   

"They can't detect downloaders so if I downloaded it but never shared it I wouldn't be concerned about it."  

For those who do receive a letter from Dallas Buyers Club LLC allegeding they have illegally downloaded the film, it's important to seek legal advice and consider whether anyone else may have been using your network.  

Mr Dalby said those who had an unsecured network or were free to giving out their wifi passwords may be able to use the "it wasn't me" defence.   

"Most of the agreements state the account holder is responsible for the use of the account but there's no formal, legal obligation for customers to secure their WiFi," he told Fairfax.   

"They can get to the router but they can't get down to the individual MAC (media access control) address of the devices but they're constantly modifying the technology and improving it."  

A spokesman for Voltage Pictures (the parent company of Dallas Buyers Club LLC) has said there will be some demographics who would escape punishment.   

These demographics included military pensioners, school students, low income earners and the mentally ill or disabled.   


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