Film distribution Dutch FilmWorks has been successful following its application earlier this year to track BitTorrent pirates and store their data. In a decision handed down Wednesday, the Dutch Data Protection Authority said that permission had been granted for IP address and other information to be stored for up to five years.
Dutch Filmworks (DFW) has announced that it will begin issuing fines to Dutch movie pirates this autumn. Dozens of movie titles will be monitored by the distributor but ISPs are not yet in a cooperative mood to hand over customer details. Worryingly, however, early signs suggest that DFW’s operation could be backed by an international copyright-trolling operation.
Netherlands-based movie distributor Dutch Filmworks is set to target Internet users who download and share copyrighted content using BitTorrent. Details of the plan have been made public by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, which needs to be formally advised in order for the data collection to go ahead. Users found to be infringing copyright will receive a demand for cash settlement.