The letter included the following:
The unauthorized copying of our members’ sound recordings that occurs as a result of the operation of the isoHunt Site causes irreparable harm to CRIA record companies and their recording artists. As such, our client considers this to be an exceptionally serious matter. Under the Canadian Copyright Act, a rights holder is entitled to seek statutory damages of up to $20,000 for each sound recording infringed. In addition, our client’s members would be entitled to seek legal costs, punitive damages, and injunctive relief.
Given the above, our client requests that you immediately:
1. remove the isoHunt Site from the internet;
2. cease operating any BitTorrent tracker or indexing site that infringes the copyrights of our client’s members; and
3. preserve records, including all electronic records related to the use and operation of the isoHunt Site, such as, without limitation, the electronic logs of all inbound and outbound traffic to the website, including the IP addresses of all visitors to the site.
Please reply forthwith to confirm that you have taken the above actions to comply with the foregoing demands. Given the seriousness of this matter to our client, if we do not receive a satisfactory response within five business days, we may not provide any further notice before legal action is commenced against you.
The demand from CRIA is clear. Much like the court documents that followed, it argues isoHunt is violating current Canadian law and it threatens to use the law if it does not agree to its demands. In other words, years of arguing in court and demand documents that Canadian law is good enough to stop sites like isoHunt accompanied by years of telling government officials that it can’t.