Over 9,000 Porn Pirates Caught With Their Pants Down as O2's Hand Is Forced

By Sam Gibbs on at

Looks like those pirating porn on O2 are about to get a little more exposure than they bargained for. The broadband arm of the mobile network has been ordered by the High Court to give up the personal details of over 9,000 customers to smut baron Ben Dover, over accusations of porn piracy.

Golden Eye International and Ben Dover Productions, the pseudonym of British porn actor, director and producer Lindsay Honey, were awarded the court order forcing O2 to match IP addresses to personal details. 9,124 IP addresses in total are suspected of copyright infringement, and whose owners can now expect a demand for some sort of settlement sum.

The good news is O2 attempted to do the right thing by customers and fought against bids to release customer details without a court order. In fact the judge presiding over the case rejected 12 out of 13 applications for court orders from the porn producers, but found in favour of one as “the claimants' interests in enforcing their copyrights outweigh the intended defendants' interest in protecting their privacy and data protection rights”.

While the 9,000-odd free porn lovers will at least get a nasty note in the post, thankfully this defence and rejection of all but one demand for the release of personal details, has set a precedent against the issue of speculative invoicing by lawyers like ACS:Law. It means there’ll be a greater burden of proof needed from the claimant against the defendant before your details are released to the hounds of Hollywood, as well as the smut barons. Hooray for due process. [The Telegraph]

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