Federal court prohibits woman from using BitTorrent

Folks who use BitTorrent to pirate big movies beware, a recent wave of litigation against pirates has led to a woman being barred from peer-to-peer sharing.

Published: May 26, 2015 6:04 PM /


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In Oregon, a federal court has prohibited a woman from using BitTorrent, as well as obliging her to remove that program and any other peer-to-peer software from her computer instead of paying a $7,500 settlement for having downloaded the movie Dallas Buyers Club.

Woman Sued in Wave of BitTorrent-based Pirate Hunt

This lawsuit is just one of many that have been going on for well over a year. The makers of the Movie Dallas Buyers Club have attempted to go for extreme enforcement of their property and, using a program called Maverick Monitor, have managed to track and prosecute pirates of the movie. This, of course, is not without its critics, particularly in light of the fact that the software used won’t discriminate between those who downloaded the movie in its entirety and those who only downloaded a portion and then stopped. So far, the series of lawsuits has seen a number of successes in the US, Singapore, and Australia, where the media companies were able to strong-arm ISPs into identifying the IP addresses of those accused of pirating the movie. These lawsuits are often for settled for amounts nearing $3,000 to $4,000.

Krystal Krause Barred from Using Peer-to-Peer Software

In this case, the pirate in question, Krystal Krause, has been granted leniency by the judge presiding over the case. The decision to have her not pay the $7,500 fine comes in light of certain ‘financial hardships’ and unnamed ‘extenuating circumstances’ and comes with two rather important caveats; that she promises never to illegally download a movie again, and that she remove any peer-to-peer program from her computer and promise never to use one again. TorrentFreak posted a copy of the court document where these demands are laid out;

Krystal Krause is hereby directed to immediately delete all unlicensed video and audio content in her possession and subject to her control, together with 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 peer-to-peer transfer or exchange.


Was the court’s leniency justified?  Is the court’s request that the pirate never uses peer-to-peer software again justified?

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