The unpleasantly surprising decision of American film production house Voltage Pictures to send threatening letters of demand to Singapore residents over alleged illegal downloads of Dallas Buyers Club has obviously not received a warm welcome here, especially after forcing local internet service providers to give up the names and details of their customers.
As such, the DBC-SG Support Group has been set up to provide assistance and support to the over 500 affected parties who were identified by Voltage Pictures as alleged film pirates — most of whom have received scary legal letters through local solicitors Samuel Seow Law Corporation.
They’ve even launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, calling for unity against ‘Speculative Invoicing’, the practice where organisations send intimidating letters of demand to subscribers, seeking significant monetary sums for an alleged infringement.
The funds raised will be used by the DBC-SG Support Group to relieve the distress of all affected parties by way of hiring defence IP lawyers, group negotiation for settlements, hire forensic experts to challenge digital evidence, as well as educate folks on the importance of intellectual property and IT security.
Since the campaign’s launch this morning, $229USD have been raised as of writing, out of their goal of $4,000.