Sky customers being targeted over piracy
A while ago, the courts of Great Britain decided in their infinite wisdom that, should a Hollywood studio with a team of fantastically well-paid lawyers want to go after Joe Muggins for pirating some stuff, they were more than welcome.
So with that, an American company called TCYK LLC has applied for a court order that will see Sky having to hand over information on some of their subscribers to their broadband service.
If you didn't know (and why would you?), TCYK are a production company and understandably, they don't like people swiping their stuff. However, if you listen hard enough, you can already hear a bunch of tech-agitators firing up their keyboards in a bid to make TCYK's life rather difficult over the coming months.
Mercifully, the production company have a problem - it is very difficult to determine exactly which IP addresses are downloading stuff, but that invariably won't stop them from trying to frighten some people into throwing money their way.
The important thing to remember, should you receive a letter from TCYK, is that any action would be a civil case, which means you won't end up in jail if you want to ignore them or if they try to take you to court.
If you are worried by any threatening letters or correspondence, then get in touch with your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. The company may well try and retrieve some compensation from you, but they've got to actually prove it is you who downloaded their material (bear in mind that they can't sue you for downloading someone else's material) and indeed, they'll have to go through so many hoops to get to you, that you shouldn't concern yourself too much.