Virgin Media Shuts Down Copyright Trolls in Court Trying to Expose Customer Data Over Porn File Sharing

By Shabana Arif on at

An application to reveal the identities of Virgin Media users allegedly file-sharing porn has been denied, because the companies requesting the details are a bunch of copyright trolls.

Mircom and Golden Eye often try this sort of nonsense to squeeze money out of people using speculative invoicing - which the Citizen's Advice Bureau has labelled as a "pay up or else" scheme which sees "some unscrupulous solicitors and companies... target subscribers to internet services and demand payment from them for copyright infringement to avoid having to go to court" (via BBC News).

Both companies appear to have attempted to ferret out the details for a large number of IP addresses, and while the actual number is unknown, the application stipulated that “no more than 5,000 IP addresses per fortnight” would be sought from Virgin. So there must have been a lot.

Virgin responded by picking apart the application, which wasn't too difficult considering it was riddled with bullshit like inadequate and missing 'evidence'.

So this ridiculous scam has been halted for now, but Mircom has been successful in extorting people before, so keep an eye out for shenanigans.