Sky to pass fines onto customers who watch dirty films on the internet?

18 November 2015

porn You might be thinking that, if you've paid someone to access the internet, then you should be allowed to do whatever you like with your connection. Not so, according to Sky, who are looking at imposing fines for customers who download illegal and dirty content.

In a letter to customers, Sky have warned everyone that they should prepare themselves for letters being sent to them regarding illegal downloads. They said: "We need to let you know about a court order made against Sky earlier this year that requires us to provide your name and address to another company."

"A company called Golden Eye International, which owns rights to several copyrighted films, has claimed that a number of Sky Broadband customers engaged in unlawful file sharing of some of its films."

"In support of this claims Golden Eye International says it has gathered evidence of individual broadband accounts (identified online by unique numbers called IP addresses) from which it claims the file sharing took place."

A court order means that Sky had to hand-over customer information which corresponds to the anonymous IP addresses which were caught downloading porn illegally.

Golden Eye International themselves, say on their website: "Golden Eye International, the holder of numerous film copyrights, has long taken the stance that the unlawful distribution of copyright material is detrimental to the film and creative industries. The continued use of peer-to-peer file sharing networks has grown to such proportions that we are left with no other alternative but to pursue those who infringe our copyrights and to seek financial retribution, for our losses, through their unlawful activities. While every attempt will be made to seek a settlement out of court we will not hesitate to enter into court proceeding with those who fail to acknowledge our intellectual rights."

"We use the latest technology to identify those IP addresses from which our films and content are being uploaded to peer-to-peer networks and through rigorous and legal means contact the offenders notifying them of our intent to get them to cease any similar activities in the future as well as negotiate an equitable settlement for the losses caused by their unlawful practises."

One of the people behind this company is Ben Dover, who has previous in this area - in 2013, he went after people on the O2 network, over downloads they'd obtained.

If you get hit with a letter about this, then the Citizen's Advice Bureau have some helpful information about 'speculative invoicing and Pay Up Or Else schemes regarding copyrighted material. You can have a look at that here.

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice

12 comments

  • Chiggers
    Illegal uploads, not downloads.
  • Mick T.
    So how does a third party who is targeting sky customers translate into Sky fining it's own customers? It doesn't does it, it is in fact shoddy, sensationalist clickbait!
  • OlPeculier
    I can't believe I'm defending them, but: exactly where abouts in all of this does it say that Sky are the party that will be issuing the court orders?
  • Alexis
    Woah woah woah. Sky isn't 'fining' anybody. They've just handed over your details to someone. I'd be changing this story or else you'll be hearing from Sky's solicitors I suspect.
  • Russ
    I can't believe you are skipping over the fact that this guy is called 'Ben Dover' poor lad
  • oldgit
    There are a number of issues here: IP addresses only identify the gateway onto the internet, not the actual computer used in the 'illegality' - there may be a large network using 1 gateway. The person using the computer using the gateway is not identified. The 'using the latest technology' sounds like packet sniffing - ie looking at all internet traffic and finding something you are interested in - by its nature they are also harvesting ALL your data which sounds like it could be invading your privacy - is that not against human rights legislation? And who gave them authority to do this - a court order? If you get such a communication from sky or anyone else, say nothing other than asking for actual proof that you have committed an offence.
  • Jeremy B.
    This is aimed at bit torrent. If you download something from a site, no problems. But bit torrent does simultaneous uploads/downloads. They use a fake bit torrent client which captures your ip address. They get a court order to force ISP's to reveal the account holder. A letter is then sent - often with an offer to pay £500+ to avoid going to a threatened court case. Even though they lack evidence of who downloaded the item.
  • LondonSucks
    I had a letter from these jerks a few years back when I was living in a shared house. They gave me an IP which I replied doesn't help me and unless they can provide a mac address i can't even start to begin finding who in the house it was. Never heard back. Bellends.
  • Jessie J.
    Unless the police turn up on your door and take your pc away for questioning, just ignore any pay £500 letters you get. Bang bang all over you.
  • Father J.
    The 5-0 aren't going to turn up at your door over downloading wank vids. Those doughnut-munching bastards can hardly be bothered to preent themselves at the scene of *real* crimes. Spank away, freeloaders!
  • Father J.
    *present
  • Bend O.
    So its the old Ben Dover aka Bend Over from the f**k Truck productions, if sky want to start doing this then I'm leaving to an ISP who doesn't monitor me

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