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Three strikes and you're out

Will the approach of an Australian court towards individuals downloading content illegally be replicated in the UK, asks John Illsley

21 April 2015

An Australian court has ruled that some of its largest internet service providers (ISPs) must provide the contact details of 4,762 users who have illegally downloaded Voltage Pictures' film Dallas Buyers Club.

The users may face legal action for illegally downloading the film on peer-to-peer file sharing services such as BitTorrent, thereby committing copyright infringement. This ruling has set a precedent for rightholders, such as Voltage Pictures, to obtain the information of all those individuals suspected of breaching copyright and downloading content illegally.

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The ruling preceded an increase in measures to crack down on online copyright infringement in Australia. A day after the ...

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