Aussie pirates into the crosshairs as Village Roadshow threatens to sue unlawful downloaders

A year ago, Creative Content Australia, the consortium representing Foxtel, Village Roadshow and Australian Screen Association, effectively lobbied to get Australian online sites providers (ISPs) to block access to so-called piracy websites and their associated domain names.

This has forced users to get approaches to circumvent the blocks by either utilizing VPN (virtual personal system) solutions or finding proxies of piracy internet sites that have maybe not yet been obstructed.

The other day, however, Australia’s largest movie producer, Village Roadshow, went one step further to threaten individuals who have pirated content with legal action “later within the year”.

Beware the courts

Offered exactly how easy its to circumvent the ISP blocks, Village Roadshow employer Graham Burke has told Fairfax Media that “people whom infringe [copyrighted films] are those who steal, it is theft and it’s really not really a victimless crime. There must be a price to cover. What we want to do [is] sue individuals who are stealing our films. Therefore if some body steals Red puppy and Mad Max: Fury path, we shall sue them the two viewings of these films, plus some damages” incurred by the production company.

In accordance with Burke, infringement notices is going to be mailed to so-called pirates, but appropriate action are withdrawn in the event that person involved is in financial difficulties or putting up with ill health.

“For people who have been in serious circumstances, we are going to withdraw the action if [they] undertake not to steal in the foreseeable future,” Burke added.

Village Roadshow will, however, should persuade ISPs handy over information that is personal of suspected infringers which, Burke said, might be done via the courts.

If the manufacturing company gets the go-ahead from federal government, it’s going to begin delivering away infringement notifications to Aussie pirates in 2010. 

However, it’s well worth noting that Voltage photos, the manufacturing business behind the film Dallas Buyers Club, possessed a comparable plan aimed at Australian pirates that was knocked back by the Federal Court of Australia in 2015.

Anyone utilizing a VPN to have after dark block is possibly safe for the time being, but Burke believes technology will get up quickly enough to greatly help detect piracy via proxy.