High Court adjourns in ongoing data leaks case

November 2010


The U.K. High Court has granted BT, the telecommunications firm, request to stay an order requesting it hand over the identities of ISP subscribers suspected of illegal file-sharing. Dance music record label Ministry of Sound had hired law firm of Gallant Macmillan pursue internet users suspected of sharing its songs online; the firm identified computer IP addresses connected to the activity, and then asks ISPs, including BT, to identify the subscribers in question. Their action was pushed into the public eye after personal data on thousands of suspected file-swappers from ACS:Law, another law firm hired by copyright holders to seek out infringers, was leaked onto the internet net after a cyber attack on ACS. BT told the Guardian “We want to ensure broadband subscribers are adequately protected so that rights holders can pursue their claims for copyright infringement without causing unnecessary worry to innocent people,” adding “the incident involving the ACS:Law data leak has further damaged people’s confidence in the current process. We’re pleased that the court has agreed to an adjournment so that our concerns can be examined by the court, this will then act as a precedent/test case for the future.”

SeeĀ http://www.dmwmedia.com/news/2010/10/05/bt-asks-court-halt-fileswapper-ids-ministry-sound-case

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