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Voltage Pictures involved in multiple copyright infringement cases, both as plaintiff and defendant

Voltage Pictures, the company that was given permission to pursue thousands of Australians for infringing on the Dallas Buyers Club copyright by illegally downloading the film, is currently facing its own lawsuit for copyright infringement over an adaptation of the film Godzilla in its upcoming movie Colossal, according to ZDNet on May 20.

Japan-based Toho, the owner of the copyright of Godzilla, said in a lawsuit filed in May that a scene in Colossal which depicted Anne Hathaway being attacked by a monster in Tokyo is similar to a scene in Godzilla when the monster attacks a random woman.

As for developments regarding Voltage Pictures’ hunt for the online copyright infringers, Australian internet service provider iiNet Ltd. has announced that starting on May 19, Voltage can send letters to the internet customers who participated in the illegal downloading of the film.

The legal team at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., works for the protection of intellectual property rights in the Dallas area, and may help you with your case. Call our offices at (214) 824-1414 today to set up an appointment.

Court sides with Dallas Buyers Club over illegal downloads case

A federal court ruling in Australia on April 7 said that internet service providers must provide the film company that made the Dallas Buyers Club information of those who illegally downloaded the film, according to Lawyers Weekly.

Although this marks a large change in how copyright cases have been handled in the past, Mark Vincent from Shelton IP said it would be impractical for film studios to file a lawsuit against every individual who downloaded an illegal copy of their film. Vincent also said film companies would not gain much from pursuing small-scale downloaders, as the financial gain would be fairly minuscule.

Our attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., who operate in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and all over the state of Texas, litigate intellectual property disputes for both plaintiff and defendant. Call our offices today at (214) 824-1414 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your situation.

Sony warns media not to publish hacked e-mails

David Boies, a lawyer under the employ of Sony Pictures Entertainment, told media organizations on December 15 not to use information about the company recently leaked by hackers, or else face a lawsuit, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The content of the Sony data includes employment files, studio financial records, and some email exchanges between Hollywood executives regarding in-house gossip about President Barack Obama, other Hollywood celebrities, and some of the industry’s up and coming films.

Boies said that Sony’s “stolen information,” which has been made public over the Internet, should be destroyed as soon as possible because they are of a sensitive and private nature. He added that the studio has the right to sue for damages related to its intellectual property or trade secrets.

Boies said the company will consider legal action if any organization “used or disseminated” materials from the emails “in any manner,” a notice which it also made clear to The New York Times in a letter, the newspaper said Sunday.

For intellectual property disputes in Dallas, Fort Worth or other areas in Texas, put your trust in the experienced attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., Call our offices today at (214) 824-1414 to speak with a member of our legal team.

Australian court to examine technology in internet copyright dispute

The Australian Federal Court will be investigating the technology used by copyright litigant Dallas Buyers Club LLC to find out that it was the customers of Australia’s second-largest internet service provider, iiNet Limited, who were illegally downloading copies of the 2013 Oscar-winning American biographical drama film Dallas Buyers Club, ZDNet reported on November 10.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC has sued iiNet and other internet service providers including Dodo Services Pty Limited, Amnet Broadband Pty Limited, Adam Internet Pty Limited, among others, to allow the company to get customer details for IP addresses that illegally downloaded the film.

During the first day of trial at the Federal Court in Sydney, it was revealed that Dallas Buyers Club LLC had been requesting private customer information from iiNet since May 2013, although the movie itself was only released in late 2013. iiNet is particularly concerned with how, exactly, the company learned its customers were downloading the movie.

Our attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., cater to clients who need legal representation to handle their intellectual property cases in Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas. For competent and experienced legal representation, call our offices at (214) 824-1414 today.

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