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Anti-Piracy? The Truth About Golden Eye International Limited

Golden Eye Truth & Lies

Golden Eye International
Balance Of Probabilities

Well, it is now over twelve months since the disclosure from O2 of their subscriber private details they provided to Golden Eye International (“GEIL”) following the Norwich Pharmacal Order (“NPO”) Court judgement and GEILs successful appeal.

This Anniversary now requires GEIL to perform their Court order obligation to destroy the private details of the O2 subscribers they have not sent a begging letter to (See below).

Within twelve months of the date of disclosure, the Applicants shall destroy all copies of any data which has not been used to either send a letter or claim or issue legal proceedings for infringement of copyright on the terms set out in this Order and shall provide written confirmation to the Respondent that such destruction has taken place.”

The interesting part of the above paragraph is “issue legal proceedings”.  This would seem an assumption that a High Court Judge has a belief that GEIL will actually bring proceedings against alleged infringers and I believe it was crucial for the ruling of disclosure.  This can be seen further from the following paragraph of the Order:

The Applicants are granted permission (to the extent that it is necessary) to use the information provided to it pursuant to the Order in paragraph 1 herein for the purposes of bringing separate proceedings for copyright infringement against those said persons (or any of them), and for the purposes of any pre-action correspondence relating thereto.

The part “for the purposes of bringing separate proceedings for copyright infringement against those said persons” is foremost and prominent in the Order, whilst “pre-action correspondence” is “relating thereto”.

Indeed, from the actual Court approved letter that GEIL sent to alleged infringers, it states:

In the event that that this matter cannot be resolved, it may become necessary for GEIL and BDP to bring a claim against you for copyright infringement. This claim would be brought in the civil court, where liability is determined on the balance of probabilities.

What about Julian Becker?  Well, his own words from this article:

Our initial letters in summary gave details of the infringements the software had detected, giving specific dates and times in addition to film titles. The letters then gave the recipient our legal position and encouraged them to contact us so that we could make an informed judgement on whether we would be pursuing the case through the courts or ceasing action. It also gave the recipient the option to admit the offence, financially settle the matter as well as committing to not re commit the offence.

So “we could make an informed judgement on whether we would be pursuing the case through the courts or ceasing action” again is foremost and prominent.

The truth is GEIL have conducted a campaign of threatening Court action against alleged infringers unless GEILs settlement figure has been paid.

The truth is GEIL have not issued proceedings against any alleged infringer who denied their claim.

So will GEIL ever issue proceedings against an alleged infringer?

Of course we know that GEIL have a history of speculative invoicing.  This Judgement from HHJ Birss QC shows GEILs intent.  Quite clearly this shows GEILs true intention of only going after “default judgements” under Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”), Part 12.1.

In order to secure a “default judgement” , GEIL would need to issue proceedings against an alleged infringer to the Courts and the alleged infringer fails to file an acknowledgement or fails to provide a defence to proceedings.

This link shows the outcome of the case, and GEIL using the Money Claim Online route was a clear breach of CPR rules.  In the link, HHJ Birss QC words were summed up as:

He was also concerned about the breach of the Civil Procedure Rules when issuing the claims. Copyright and IP cases can only be heard in certain courts and the money claims the online process used by Golden Eye is not set up for IP cases.

The truth is GEIL have never issued proceedings against an alleged infringer who has contested their claim.

So why would GEIL use the Money Claim Online route?  Speculation is they tried this route against those who did not reply to their Letter Of Claim (“LoC”).  It was unfortunate for GEIL that these individuals actually took action against their claim and did mount a defence.

The truth is that GEIL have absolutely no interest in issuing proceeding against anyone who denied their claim.  Going after default judgements against those who did not reply to their LoC is their “modus operandi”.

The truth is this is NOT the correct actions from an organisation who wishes to protect their copyright.

The message is clear to GEIL.  Back up your “Evidence”, “Technical witness” and “Expert witness” and issue proceedings against an alleged infringer who denies your claim.

The truth is no legal outfit or copyright holder has done this, and it will very likely never happen.

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  1. phil
    January 11, 2014 at 4:30 am | #1

    Lets hope you’re right because I’m willing to put one hell of a fight against these monkeys with evidence they they won’t be expecting. And they still haven’t produce evidence that can identify an individual behind an i.p address + statute of limitations is also on the cards.

  2. tom
    January 11, 2014 at 10:08 am | #2

    “ORVILLE & CO LTD”…..that should be the new name for these set of clowns,..talking a good talk without ever following up their threats…NUMPTIES !!!!

  3. HerculesThe Geil slayer
    January 13, 2014 at 10:53 am | #3

    Couldn’t have put it better. They really didn’t think this one through!

  4. HerculesThe Geil slayer
    January 15, 2014 at 1:24 pm | #4

    These people won’t do jack shit. They won’t destroy data and they won’t write to anyone.I bet they end up pass details to someone else ( and who’s going to physically stop them…no one !!)

  5. Burt
    February 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm | #5

    I got two letters but one contained mistakes and contradictions and was cancelled! Presumably these errors could happen to all involved – I’m beginning to question the validity of the whole thing. :) The question now is what happens next?

  6. OneMoreForTheRoad
    February 20, 2014 at 8:33 am | #6

    I’ve still been having ongoing letters back and forth between them. I’ve finally got the last one which says that they “will revert to you once your file has been reviewed if a decision is made to progress the matters against you through the legal system”. Assuming they do decide to take it further, any one know within how much time they would have to decide (and inform me) that it was going to the courts?

    Out of curiosity, how old are the incidents that others been accused of? I was accused of having uploaded something back in early 2011, which seemed to be quite a long period between occurring and then being accused of it (mid 2013).

  7. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm | #7

    I never replied – it was a shared house that I paid the bill on only. I have insurance certificates for the house from that time to show it was insured with lodgers. The offense wasn’t me so I ignored them as I thought it would just go away as it was speculative and I’d argue later and produce the evidence if it came to it.
    Should I reply now judging by what is said here about them chasing non responders or just leave it again? any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • March 9, 2014 at 1:48 am | #8

      Hi Anon.
      Just my thoughts. I think you should reply. Most importantly, I think you should reply with a straight denial without any more information, especially not mentioning what you have given here. Your situation could be regarded as typical being the bill payer which many have faced before, but replying with a denial at least gives them that understanding and they will know this.

  8. Joel
    March 14, 2014 at 11:45 pm | #9

    Hi Anon,

    I was in a similar situation (shared house, name on the bill) and received a letter from them. I replied pointing these facts out and after a little back and forth (during which they contradicted themselves a coupla times and actually told me that they couldn’t prove it was me at one point!), they finished with the same

    “will revert to you once your file has been reviewed if a decision is made to progress the matters against you through the legal system”

    as OneMoreForTheRoad received. This was several months ago now, before Xmas, so I’m currently assuming that they’re not pursuing me.

    I’d say write to them, tell them the situation, and tell them to fuck off after that.

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