Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up Chasing Pirates in Australia The company behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) is known not only for making movies but also by its ancillary business of chasing down alleged Internet pirates in order to force a cash settlement from them. In several countries the company has been collecting hundreds to thousands of dollars from each of their Joe Public targets but its efforts to do so in Australia have been beset with problems. Through its legal representatives Dallas Buyers Club have now admitted that their battle to obtain the identities of more than 4700 Aussie Internet subscribers is over. Michael Bradley the managing partner of DBC LLC law firm Marque Lawyers told iTNews that tomorrows deadline for DBC to make a further application to the court would pass without a submission. Its certainly a disappointing outcome for [Dallas Buyers Club]. It doesnt do anything to mitigate the infringement thats going on its not a particularly satisfactory outcome from that point of view Bradley said. But for those familiar with these cases mitigating infringement is not the primary aim of DBC. The company wanted to extract settlements from 4726 Internet account holders but due to its activities elsewhere Justice Perram was suspicious that the movie outfit would engage in so-called speculative invoicing. To stop that from happening the Judge ordered the payment of a huge AUS$600000 bond but the company decided not to pay. Ultimately Dallas Buyers Club failed to convince the court that it would restrain its activities and keep promises not to demand high settlements from Internet account holders. While the development is a huge blow to DBC and a significant win for Internet subscribers in Australia it doesnt necessarily restrain other companies from attempting to sue alleged pirates in the future. That might happen. But if the circumstances and the context of that are close to this one then youd expect the same outcome Bradley said. Another element that significantly hampered DBC was the fact that it was based overseas hence the large bond requirement set by the court. Bradley told iTNews that Australia-based rightsholders might face fewer obstacles. I suppose if a distributor who was local wanted to have a try then they presumably wouldnt face the same difficulty with security. You might get a different outcome he added. Bradley also suggests that if rightsholders went after individual infringers one at a time then there probably wouldnt be so much scrutiny by the courts. But of course DBC is in the business of getting large settlements from large numbers of people so that approach probably wouldnt make much sense from a commercial standpoint. And make no mistake. This was a purely commercial exercise and when the sums didnt add up DBC decided to throw in the towel. Whether they will continue their efforts elsewhere will remain to be seen but new territories have the potential to cause new problems so sticking to what they know could be the most likely course of action. Source: TF for the latest info on copyright file-sharing torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.