Piracy letters in the pipeline as ISPs decline Dallas Buyers Club appeal

iiNet and Dodo have confirmed they will not appeal a ruling to hand over pirates' details to Dallas Buyers Club, as the rights holders further their legal battle overseas, asking pirates to set a price for damages.

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The two major ISPs involved in legal action against the rights holders of "Dallas Buyers Club" have confirmed that they will not be appealing the ruling against them.

Last week, the Federal Court ruled that a number of ISPs, including iiNet, Dodo, Adam Internet and Internode, would be required to hand over customer details corresponding to 4,726 IP addresses found to be infringing copyright on the Oscar-winning film "Dallas Buyers Club."

Both iiNet and Dodo have now confirmed that they will not be appealing the ruling, meaning affected customers are one step closer to potential legal action being brought by Dallas Buyers Club LLC.

In a company statement, Dodo parent company M2 said its legal counsel had offered the opinion "that an appeal would not be successful" and therefore the ISP would provide information on its customers "on order from the court."

We took this action to ensure our customers' privacy was protected and that they would not be subject to speculative invoicing. Based on the ruling we are comfortable that the court is mindful of the issues and that the risk is being addressed.

We note: the outcome should defeat the speculative invoicing model; we have been given comfort that the judge will make specific orders in relation to privacy protection and the use of the customer information; and the form of the letter which DBC proposed to send to the customers must be reviewed by the Court and approved by the Court.

Meanwhile, Singapore's Today newspaper reports that lawyers representing Voltage Pictures and its subsidiary Dallas Buyers Club LLC have begun sending letters to internet users in Singapore for infringing copyright on the film. According to Today, the film studio has received and accepted "quite a number" of offers of compensation from these letters.

Today also reports that it has sighted copies of letters sent to alleged pirates in which the rights holders ask pirates to set a price for damages, giving recipients three days to respond with a written offer of damages and costs.