Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory

Posted in: Online TV/Music at 29/06/2015 13:37

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

The Federal Court decision that opened the door for Dallas Buyers Club LLC and Voltage Pictures LLC to gain access to the details of 4,726 Australian internet subscribers has taken the battle over illegal downloading into a new phase. What occurred on June 17 in the Federal Court was ugly as lawyers put to the court a fanciful indication of what the companies would like to see happen next.

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