Golden Eye, a company associated with pornographic film-maker Ben Dover has revealed plans to extend its remit to chase suspected file sharers with demands for large sums of money.
The move follows a Court of Appeal ruling which overturned a
previous block on Golden Eye offering its services to other rights holders. Golden Eye keeps about 75% of all payments.
Spokesman Julian Becker said he now planned to travel to the US to offer to enforce US firms' copyrights in the UK.
I look forward to travelling to adult conferences in Los Angeles and Vegas in early January to offer Golden Eye's services to other producers.
The court ruling brings to an end a legal dispute between
Golden Eye and the Open Rights Group (ORG).
Becker said he now intended to contact alleged infringers - identified by internet addresses linked to file-sharing activities - in the New Year. Recipients will be told they are suspected of accessing
one or several adult films via peer-to-peer networks and will be invited to negotiate a lump sum payment. Golden Eye had originally indicated it wanted to demand a £ 700 penalty, however this was blocked on the grounds
that the sum was excessive .
The Open Rights Group expressed concern at the appeal's verdict:
Such a decision effectively means that someone who themselves has no interest in a claim can acquire personal
details to obtain large sums of money.
In this case Golden Eye are not a firm of solicitors, and thus are not regulated in the same way solicitors are.