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French Ct. Rules Privacy Trumps Copyright Investigations

In a case reminiscent of the CRIA file sharing litigation from 2004-05, a French court has ruled that privacy interests trump the rights of copyright holders to engage in aggressive investigative tactics.  A court annulled a decision against an alleged file sharer after it was revealed that the rights holder traced the defendant's IP address and submitted it to the police. Moreover, it noted that the tactic could open the copyright holder to an invasion of privacy claim, which carries potential penalties of 300,000 euros and up to five years in prison.

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