O2 to Submit Details of 9000 Customers in Copyright Suit

Telecoms company O2 has been ordered to hand over the details of more than 9,000 customers in a copyright case involving Ben Dover productions and adult film distributor Golden Eye International. Golden Eye International says it has a list of thousands of IP address that they allege have infringed upon the company's copyrights. The company today won a legal battle to gain access to the personal details attached to those IPs.

According to the Telegraph, Golden Eye took action on behalf of 13 pornography companies, but was only successful in one of its bids (involving Ben Dover) to access O2's customers' details. Despite ruling in favour of Ben Dover and Golden Eye, High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold said the companies' plans to send a letter demanding £700 from every customer was unreasonable because it could cause unnecessary distress and the threat of legal action could be read as "an implicit threat of publicity once proceedings have been commenced." The BBC reports that Mr Justice Arnold said that any potential settlement sum should be negotiated with each individual recipient.

O2 has said it will be "co-operating fully" with the court's order. This means the ISP must now match 9,124 IP addresses to names and hand over the personal details of those customers to Ben Dover Productions.

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