‘Poor Pirate’ Defendant Ordered To Avoid BitTorrent Or Pay $7500
Another case against one of the many BitTorrent users, who have been sued by the makers of Dallas Buyers Club, has been concluded. The defendant Krystal Krause was able to win special favor from the movie studio, TorrentFreak observes.
That is, unlike many other previous cases, she will not pay the fine because she is facing “financial hardship” and “extenuating circumstances.” But Krause will have to stay away from downloading any infringing material in the future or she will have to pay $7,500.
The following excerpt from the court order explains Krause’s situation.
In recognition of the financial hardship and extenuating circumstances in this case, plaintiff agrees that though the below Money Judgment shall be entered and enforceable, plaintiff will not execute or enforce the Money Judgment so long as the defendant complies with the below Permanent Injunction…,
In most of the previously settled cases, pirated content users had to pay cost and fees. Most common amount remained $3,500 but some cases ended with defendants paying as much as $14000, TF states. That is why, the recent judgement is being regarded as an unusual one. The court has, however, walled Krause so she may not use BitTorrent for any legal or illegal tasks.
The court document orders Krause to “delete […] any and all BitTorrent clients on any computer(s) she owns or controls together with all other software used to obtain media through the Internet by BitTorrent…”
Over the past one year, Movie studio Voltage has sued 100 alleged BitTorrent pirates, downloaders of Dallas Buyers Club, in a U.S. federal court. The practice of suing piraters has earned a lot of revenue for the company.