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No court order for Gallant Macmillan today!

Filtering through the internet is news that Gallant Macmillan did not walk away from the High Court today with an order for demanding names of IP addresses from BTplc and instead the matter has been adjourned to a later date (whilst the court examines more closely the concerns) .  As reported in the Guardian BTplc said:

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……..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. 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.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/oct/04/intellectual-property-data-protection

And I strongly recommend you read the rest of that article.

In the meantime one has to wonder, if BTplc had expressed concerns in the past, why is it only now they get an adjournment?  Could it be that in not only damaging ACS:Law, the recent email leaks have also damaged the system which some wished to seek revenue from?  and now Gallant Macmillan has been put on hold, what of Ministry of Sound? their site is still appearing to be down.  How much damage to their reputation with its potential customers has been done?  From some forums, I’m seeing quite alot.

For those interested, Wired has written an article summarizing some of the emails leaked from ACS:Law.  You can read it here.

Torrent Freak is currently reporting a comedy spoof of a certain historical figure finding out about the leak at ACS:Law.  You can find that here: http://torrentfreak.com/acslaws-anti-piracy-downfall-sends-hitler-crazy-101004/

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About Tim Sparrow

Online tech writer, novelist/author of sci-fi literature and co-host of the TechBytes Show! I believe in multi-culturism & diversity. Luton Town FC supporter.

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