The High Court has granted BT a stay of execution in its attempts to challenge efforts by rights holders to access information on customers suspected of online file sharing.
BT was granted the adjournment in response to a court order from law firm Gallant Macmillan, acting on behalf of the Ministry of Sound nightclub and record label, the Guardian reported. This would have obliged the telecoms firm to hand over the data on hundreds of customers accused of sharing copyrighted content.
BT was reeling from the fallout of such requests last week when, thanks to its Plusnet ISP, it became embroiled in the ACS:Law email hack scandal. BT told V3.co.uk at the time that it would cease to comply with any other such requests.
In reaction to the High Court ruling, a BT spokesman said today: “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.”
While BT is keen to avoid the upset to innocent customers caused by such intrusions in the future, the spokesman said the company appreciates the need to protect the interests of rights holders.
“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," he said.
"We have not simply consented to these orders in the past, we have asked for stricter terms as public concern has risen. The data leak with ACS:Law prompted us to take further action today."
The firm is also seeking a moratorium on further requests, in a bid to keep rights holders and their legal representatives off its back.
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