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Sky customers in ‘piracy’ letter shock

Dozens of Sky Broadband customers have received letters from a US firm accusing them of pirating a little-known Robert Redford film and inviting them to pay a financial settlement or face legal action.

TCYK LLC, a legal firm apparently named after the initials of the film in question, The Company You Keep, obtained a court order against Sky Broadband earlier this year requiring it to hand over the details of customers it alleges used torrent sites to download and distribute the film.

The case is the latest in a series of speculative invoicing claims where copyright holders send letters to individuals demanding money to settle a piracy claim, with the threat of legal action if they fail to comply.

They allege they can link a specific act of piracy with an IP address – the unique number assigned to every computer on a network – and that the assumption is that the bill-payer tied to that IP address is the person who committed the copyright infringement.

In a section of the letter headlined “Proposed Settlement”, TCYK writes: “We will propose an appropriate figure to you … after we have received your response to this letter and carefully considered its contents.”

Michael Coyle of Lawdit Solicitors, who specialises in intellectual property law, said he had been approached by at least 60 people who had received largely identical letters accusing them of downloading and sharing the film. He said most denied pirating the film.

BFI launches Britain on Film online

The BFI has launched its Britain on Film project with 2,500 unseen films from their archives in Berkhamsted, digitalised, scanned frame by frame, cleaned and accessible for all online.

These films include very early home movies, documentaries, tourism films, shorts, newsreels and a few feature films that comprise an eye on the world in Britain as it was from 1895 to the present day. A more fascinating collection of stories and images you couldn’t wish for and all are available free to the public on the BFI Player platform.

This collection, much of it sourced from Victorian and Edwardian collections, comes with a Film Map for finding the region you’re searching for.

Subjects range from Edwardian family summer holidays on the Isle of Wight to cat and dog shows in Alexander Palace in 1928, from Soho in the 50s to the rarely-seen A Window In London (1940), directed by Herbert Mason and starring Michael Redgrave as a crane operator.

The BFI has made arrangements with organisations from Heathrow Airport to Caffe Nero to make this footage available for the public to view and a further 7,500 films are due to be brought out of the archives for all to see.

Monopoly movie passes Go

The world’s favourite board game, Monopoly, is heading for the big screen after its owners, toy-makers Hasbro, announced a deal with the Hollywood studio Lionsgate. Andrew Niccol, who was nominated for an Oscar for writing Jim Carrey's The Truman Show, will write the script, which centres on a boy from Baltic Avenue, one of the cheapest properties in the US version of the game, who uses both Chance and Community cards to make his fortune.

Monopoly was invented more than a century ago and to date more than 275 million copies of the game have been sold in 47 languages.



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