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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 Zoinky on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:42AM

    by Zoinky (1416) on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:42AM (#4670)

    I should point out that in addition to the general anti-copyright troll language and terms included in the decision, a plaintiff must pay the ISP all associated costs (compiling the list of subscribers, and in this case legal fees), before the ISP is obligated to turn over anything. In this case, that comes to somewhere over $200,000. If Voltage can then prove that someone did actually infringe on their copyright, they are limited $5000 per person. So the chances that this or a similar, future case will go anywhere are slim to none.

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