Porn filmmaker to send warning letters to nearly 3,000 O2 customers

Porn company Golden Eye International has confirmed that it plans to send warning letters to 2,845 O2 customers who have been suspected of illegally sharing films made by its related company, Ben Dover Productions, on the network.

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Porn company Golden Eye International has confirmed that it plans to send warning letters to 2,845 O2 customers who have been suspected of illegally sharing films made by its related company, Ben Dover Productions, on the network.

Golden Eye won a court order in March ordering O2 to pass on the customer details of 9,124 IP addresses that had carried out illegal downloads.

The 2,845 IP addresses are the ones related to Ben Dover Productions, while the remaining two-thirds (6,279) of IP addresses are linked to other producers that Golden Eye is representing, which include Harmony Films, Sweetmeats Productions, Easy On The Eye and Celtic Broadcasting.

“Initially we’ve just applied for the Ben Dover ones. The rest are on appeal and won’t be heard until later in the year,” said Julian Becker, director at Golden Eye.

However, he said that letters have not been sent out yet as the company is still waiting to receive all the necessary information about the 2,845 subscribers from O2.

The letter is expected to advise them on what steps to take to negotiate a settlement amount, which the court has ruled should be individually agreed with each defendant.

If recipients of the letter do not reply within 28 days, they could be found liable for the copyright infringement.

The broadband operator said its statement had not changed since the court order was made.

“We have no option but to comply with this court order and will be co-operating fully,” an O2 spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, consumer organisation Consumer Focus said that it is working with Citizens Advice to ensure that broadband subscribers are aware of their rights if they are accused of copyright infringement.

“We have also written to all the major internet service providers (ISPs) and online hosts who may be required to assist copyright owners to enforce their rights,” said Mike O’Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus.

“We are urging them to be rigorous in protecting their customers’ personal data – to help make sure the rights of consumers and copyright owners are fairly balanced.”

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