O2 ordered to hand over 9,000 records in porn case

Summary:O2 has been ordered to disclose the details of over 9,000 customers that pornographic film-companies Golden Eye and Ben Dover Productions allege have committed copyright infringements via BitTorrent peer-to-peer filesharing.High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ordered O2 to hand over the details of up to 9,124 O2 subscribers in a judgement on Monday.

O2 has been ordered to disclose the details of over 9,000 customers that pornographic film-companies Golden Eye and Ben Dover Productions allege have committed copyright infringements via BitTorrent peer-to-peer filesharing.

High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ordered O2 to hand over the details of up to 9,124 O2 subscribers in a judgement on Monday.

"I shall make a Norwich Pharmacal order in favour of Golden Eye and Ben Dover Productions on the terms indicated," said Arnold, who added that the case throws up questions about the use of the order, speculative copyright infringement demands, and data protection.

A Norwich Pharmacal order relates to disclosure of documents.

Golden Eye and Ben Dover Productions wanted O2 to supply the names and addresses of subscribers associated with certain IP addresses they had tracked down with the aid of a service run by IT consultant Alireza Torabi.

Golden Eye, a licensee of Ben Dover Productions films, wanted to send a letter demanding £700 from the alleged copyright-infringers. Arnold said this amount was too much, and said the amount should be lowered to £70.

The case was defended on behalf of the unnamed subscribers by Consumer Focus, a statutory consumer organisation, which is due to be abolished in spring 2013.

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