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