High Court orders O2 to hand over porn details!

Mar 28, 2012
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The High Court has ordered O2 to hand over the personal details of 9,000+ O2 broadband subscribers to Golden Eye International and the pornography firm Ben Dover Productions.

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You know Ben Dover right? Well, he set up Golden Eye International and he wants £700 from each of the O2 customers who he says got at his work illegally through filesharing. The judge has daid that this idea is “unsupportable”, and that the letter Golden Eye International intended to send demanding payment was “capable of causing unnecessary distress because it could be read as an implicit threat of publicity once proceedings have been commenced”.

O2 have been fighting the bid for customers’ details, which Golden Eye international made with a total of 13 bongo flicks. The court rejected 12 of the applications but found in favour Ben Dover Productions, saying that “the claimants’ interests in enforcing their copyrights outweigh the intended defendants’ interest in protecting their privacy and data protection rights”.

In fairness, if you’re watching Ben Dover films, you deserve absolutely everything you get. Either way, O2 will now be forced to match 9,124 IP addresses that have been observed infringing Ben Dover Productions’ copyright with its customer database and hand over personal details.

Consumer Focus, who intervened on behalf of the O2 customers, said: “This case sets an important precedent for the rights of consumers, particularly those who are innocent, and the responsibilities of companies seeking redress on behalf of copyright owners. It is very welcome that the court has recognised the bill-payer should not be automatically assumed to be guilty when a copyright owner believes they have detected copyright infringement on that internet connection.”

Source. Bitterwallet.com

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