Court Forces O2 to Share Personal Data of Illegal Porn Downloaders

Due to a High Court order, O2 will be forced to hand over personal details belonging to thousands of broadband customers which are suspected of illegally downloading porn. The decision comes after an adult-movie making company complained about leakage and demanded each downloader pay.

The company charging O2 customers is Ben Dover Productions and it is focusing on more than 9,000 O2 clients that are subscribed to Golden Eye International.

Lindsay Honey, a British pornography performer who is also the director of the company, asked each subscriber found guilty of pirating films to pay £700, in a letter sent directly to the court. Those refusing to pay were also threatened with lawsuits.

Over thirteen pornography films were included in the trial and although the court rejected twelve of them, one application was found to be in favour of Ben Dover Productions, thus forcing O2 to share personal details of its subscribers.

O2 has already undergone the operation and in the following days over 9,124 IP addresses will be handed over to the adult movie makers. It's worth mentioning that O2 has not been held responsible for its clients' actions and only those considered guilty were exposed.

The Consumer Focus department was also present at the trial, on the same side as the telecommunication company, and described the outcome as "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".

Source: Telegraph.co.uk