ACS:Law data leak promoted ISP to take action

BT calls for halt to ISP customer piracy requests

BT is seeking a stay on legal requests to obtain customer details alleged to have been sharing copyrighted material online.

Following the data leak of British law firm ACS:Law which resulted in thousands of broadband Internet customer details being released, BT called for a halt on orders to release customer details until a test case could be heard in court.

The test case involves legal firm Gallant Macmillan who are seeking a court order to obtain customer details of a large number of individuals from a range of British ISPs including BT, PlusNet and Be Internet, according to BBC News.

"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," a BT spokesman told the BBC.

"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."

Lawyers for Gallant Macmillan pursuing action on behalf of music label the Ministry of Sound said that were undeterred by the ACS:Law leaks and would press ahead with "legitimate attempts to enforce the legitimate rights" of their clients.

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