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posted by LaminatorX on Friday February 21 2014, @10:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the A-leashed-hyena-is-still-a-hyena dept.

dbot writes

"In the latest turn in an ongoing legal dispute, Canadian ISP TekSavvy has been ordered to hand over the IP addresses information of subscribers allegedly engaging in copyright infringement of Voltage Pictures works.

While it doesn't look like a great decision on the surface (an IP address does not uniquely identify an infringer), the court specifically said it wants to sign off on the wording of any contact notices issued by Voltage to prevent extortionary "Copyright Troll" messages. It will be interesting to see if this new decision scales."

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by gallondr00nk on Friday February 21 2014, @11:15PM

    by gallondr00nk (392) on Friday February 21 2014, @11:15PM (#4595)

    I thought I recognised the name - this is the same production company that filed suit [] against Bittorrent users for distribution of The Hurt Locker. At the time, it was the biggest of its kind, around 25,000 users.

    The thing that always infuriates me about this kind of litigation is the eye watering damages they try to gouge from users. After all, if infringement is stealing as they so often assert, the settlement shouldn't be much more than the retail price of the movie. That would be roughly in line with the punishment for minor shoplifting in a lot of countries.

    Sadly, both the lawyers and the media companies see it as a revenue stream. It all feels quite sickening.

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  • (Score: 1) by SMI on Saturday February 22 2014, @12:19AM

    by SMI (333) on Saturday February 22 2014, @12:19AM (#4622)

    You make a very good point. The settlement (or potential legal damages) shouldn't be any more than the retail price of the movie. After all, that's generally the rule of thumb in civil court when suing (or being sued).