Gallant Macmillan, the latest law firm to go after file sharers, has had its web site knocked off the internet, along with client Ministry of Sound.
After ACS:Law suffered at the hands of hackers posting up private emails on its site, Gallant Macmillan decided to take its place by saying that it would pursue file sharers on behalf of its clients. Last Friday it had named nightclub Ministry of Sound as one of its clients.
Gallant Macmillan had vowed to continue the controversial methods instigated by Davenport Lyons and then ACS:Law of mass mailing alleged copyright infringers and demanding payment. It is due to appear at the High Court today, requesting Plusnet hand over records of hundreds of customer it alleges shared files.
Both Gallant Macmillan and the Ministry of Sound's web sites lasted until Sunday when 4Chan members decided to instigate a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
The London club and record label hired Gallant Macmillan to go after those who were sharing records on Bittorrent, a popular file sharing protocol. At the time of writing both web sites were offline.
Both organisations will be hoping that the embarrassment ends at their web sites being taken offline. For ACS:Law the real damage was done when its web site came back online, only to show a file containing an email archive with customer data that had been obtained from ISPs including Sky, BT and Plusnet.
Gallant Macmillan and the Ministry of Sound now face the challenge of convincing a judge to grant a court order, and of getting their web sites back in order.
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