Dallas Buyers Club, LLC has just filed five new copyright infringement lawsuits against individual Does in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
Unlike prior lawsuits filed by Dallas Buyers Club in this court, Voltage Pictures, LLC is not a party to these cases, and there are no claims based on the Oregon Trademark Act, ORS 647. Also omitted is the “alternate theory” of indirect copyright infringement that was made in the prior actions.
Otherwise, the copyright allegations of the complaints are quite similar to those made in the many prior cases filed by Dallas Buyers Club in the same court, seeking statutory damages, attorney’s fees and injunctive relief against the Does.
One colorful change from some of the prior cases is the inclusion of a 2014 quotation from a lecture by musician Iggy Pop, which Dallas Buyers Club appropriated in an attempt to illustrate the supposedly serious harms associated with BitTorrent use. To appreciate the statements in context, which includes a range of views about the benefits of various channels of music distribution, the full lecture is available from the BBC.
The cases were filed by attorney Carl D. Crowell of Salem, Oregon. The case names, together with links to complaints, are as follows:
Case No: 3:15-cv-00218
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe – 22.214.171.124
Case No: 3:15-cv-00220
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe – 126.96.36.199
Case No: 3:15-cv-00222
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe – 188.8.131.52
Case No: 6:15-cv-00219
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe – 184.108.40.206
Case No: 6:15-cv-00221
Dallas Buyers Club, LLC v. Doe – 220.127.116.11