Forced by Aussie law to bend over and give big studios what they want, Aussie ISPs feel that their customers are wide open to speculative copyright trolls. These are the guys who see your IP address in a file sharing cloud and send you a snotty letter demanding money or they will take you to court where you will pay trillions.
iiNet says it will offer free legal services to those individually targeted through legal action. It has particularly named the studios suing over the flick the Dallas Buyers Club.
The ISP said that it “couldn’t sit by and have our customers potentially bullied by the process of speculative invoicing”.
In a blog post published on the company’s website, iiNet Financial Controller Ben Jenkins said a recent Federal Court decision would require the telco to hand over the names and physical addresses of customers alleged to have torrented and infringed copyright on the Oscar-winning film “Dallas Buyers Club”.
iiNet reminded customers that a letter from the film’s rights holders, Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage Pictures, wasn’t necessarily the end of the road.
“It is important to remember that the Court’s findings in this case do not mean that DBC and Voltage’s allegations of copyright infringement have been proven,” Jenkins wrote. “Any such letter is still only an allegation until an infringement is proven or admitted.”
The ISP says it will inform customers if their details are passed on to Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage and this will occur at the same time that those details are handed over. As for what happens next, iiNet is getting on the front foot to assist its customers.
“If you do receive a letter you may want to get legal advice,” the blog post read. “iiNet is working with a law firm that has offered to provide pro-bono services for any of our customers. More details will be provided when agreement is reached on that front.”
iiNet said damages could come down to as little as AU$10 or “less than a parking ticket” for single instances of infringement — essentially equivalent “to the fee that would have been paid had the film been lawfully downloaded.”