The BBC wants Microsoft’s help to find who leaked new Doctor Who

Back in June, footage from the new series of Doctor Who was leaked online. New documents have now revealed that, as yet, the BBC has had no luck finding the perpetrator and is now seeking some assistance from Microsoft.

According to court documents filed at a Federal court in Washington, and spotted by TorrentFreak, BBC Studios has filed a DMCA subpoena in Microsoft’s direction, to identify the owner of a OneDrive account with the offending leaked file – the innocuously named IMG_l563.TRIM.MOV.

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“The infringing material includes, without limitation, an unauthorized copy of copyrighted video content from Season 11, Episode 1 of Doctor Who, for which BBC Worldwide Limited t/a BBC Studios (Distribution) is the exclusive licensee,” the document says.

As such, the BBC is hoping that Microsoft will provide “any name, account name, address, telephone number, email address, birth date, profile photo, device information, browser information, location information, information from others (e.g., Facebook or Google+) and time posted.”

This wasn’t the first port of call for the BBC. Back in July, the corporation took its case to the US in an attempt to get the forum where links were initially posted to reveal the identity of the poster.

The leaked material itself was, according to the BBC, pretty limited: a 53-second clip with new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, along with two still images. The studio defended its tactics at the time by stating that it takes “theft and illegal distribution of our content extremely seriously”.

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As for the latest attempt to identify the leaker with Microsoft’s help, it’s not clear yet whether the subpoena has been issued. Even if it is, it remains to be seen if this attempt to unmask the source of the leaks will be any more successful than the last.

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