Sunday, 12 August 2018

The BBC takes legal action to investigate leaked footage incident

For those that missed it, a clip from Series 11 showing Jodie Whittaker in action as the Thirteenth Doctor was recently leaked online. It has since been taken down, but the BBC are still not happy.

As we know, Chris Chibnall in particular is very strict on his 'no spoilers' rule, hoping fans will be able to enjoy the show with all the intended surprises intact. Following the leaking of the footage in June, the BBC are taking serious action, taking the matter to the US courts.

According to new court documents, it seems that the BBC has still yet to identify the source of the leaked footage. Last month, they obtained a DMCA subpoena from a California federal court, ordering the forum tool Tapatalk to identify the source of an infringing post.

However, the BBC have now turned to Microsoft to help with the issue.  According to the BBC, a user shared a copy of the leaked file via Microsoft’s OneDrive, with the file titled ‘IMG_ l563.TRIM.MOV’. It is thought that the footage was stolen from the studio.

The BBC explained:

"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."

At a federal court in Washington, the BBC requested a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) subpoena targeted at a OneDrive user who shared the footage online. The subpoena asks Microsoft to share any relevant information that can help to identify the account holder.


This includes “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.”

Another leak that both surprised fans and upset those working on the show was a photo of the new TARDIS interior that was shared on social media, which sadly received quite a few negative comments from fans.

Arwel Wyn Jones, the Production Designer for Series 11 who designed the new interior, took to Twitter to express his feelings about the leak:
He also later confirmed that the photo was leaked not by a visitor to the set, but by somebody he knew.

[source 1, Source 2]