Posted by: EmperorYogi
When media companies crack down on internet pirates, the content is usually films, television shows, or music. However, the porn industry has decided to join in on the war against piracy. Ben Dover Productions has obtained a court order forcing the telephone network O2 to hand over the IP addresses and attached contact information for almost 10 000 computers whose users have allegedly been illegally downloading porn videos.
The company has announced that its main focus of the crackdown will be those who have uploaded content to peer-to-peer sharing networks for others to download the pirated copies of the films. In other words, people who have only downloaded a few videos for personal use will not be legally pursued (for now). The company’s first action will be sending out a series of letters to the culprits, and the response to those letters will determine the next steps, which will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Those caught with their pants down, so to speak, will not necessarily be brought to the courts for their offences. The company will be offering to settle out of court, which could be to the great benefit of those who are caught and wish to avoid jailtime. The court has ruled that the company must give the accused at least 28 days to respond to the letters before further action can be taken. Fines must also be decided individually, although the company has said that it will be seeking about £700 in compensation from each offender.
If Ben Dover Productions are successful in this campaign, you can bet that other porn companies will follow suit. Be prepared!