Torrent users sued over illegal downloads of 'Dallas Buyers Club' movie

By Joel Brakken | Feb 6, 2014

Makers of the movie "The Dallas Buyers Club," are suing unknown defendants who have allegedly illegally shared and downloaded the movie online.

The Dallas Buyers Club LLC filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas against Does 1-31, citing copyright infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is alleging the unauthorized acquisition and transfer of the copyrighted motion picture "Dallas Buyers Club" by the defendants. 

The movie, starring Texas native Matthew McConaughey, is set in 1985 Dallas, and tells the story of electrician and hustler Ron Woodruf works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

The plaintiff says that the manner of transfer and copying the movie is accomplished by using a BitTorrent protocol allowing peer-to-peer transfers leading to rapid viral spreading of the file. The plaintiff says that the defendant reproduced, distributed and offered to distribute the movie without permission or consent of the plaintiff.

The plaintiff is seeking a permanent injunction to stop the defendant from infringing on their rights, plus damages, costs and attorney's fees.

They are being represented by Keith A. Vogt of Takiguchi & Vogt LLP.

U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas Case No. 14-CV-00248


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the United States District Court Southern District of Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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