Thursday, April 21, 2005

Canadian ISP says it's ready to ID owners of IP addresses accused of song piracy

It's interesting to learn that the ISPs are not unanimous in the Federal Court of Appeal battle over the disclosure of subscriber information to the recording industry. One of them is siding with the recording industry:

Videotron says it's ready to ID owners of IP addresses accused of song piracy:

"Producing the identities of Internet users alleged of wrongdoing happens so regularly, says a lawyer for Videotron, that he's bewildered as to why other ISPs are fighting a motion from the music industry to hand over the names of people who share large volumes of songs online.

"We do it on a regular basis. It's not very complicated," said Serge Sasseville, following the conclusion of weighty Federal Court of Appeal hearings about file-swapping, which could lead to the start of lawsuits against so-called music pirates.


Videotron has aligned itself with the music industry's motion saying it agrees that putting songs in a shared directory on peer-to-peer networks like Kazaa and IMesh constitutes copyright infringement because it allows users to copy and download the material for free...."

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