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File Sharing Lawsuits Could Lead to Clogged Courts as Canadians Rely on New Liability Caps

Appeared in the Toronto Star on December 2, 2012 as New Wave of File Sharing Lawsuits Could Test Canadian Law The Canadian Internet community has been buzzing for the past week over reports that a Montreal-based company has captured data on one million Canadians who it says have engaged in […]

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December 4, 2012 1 comment Columns Archive

Hurt Locker File Sharing Suits Come North: Federal Court Orders ISPs to Disclose Subscriber Info

File sharing lawsuits involving the movie the Hurt Locker have been big news in the United States for months as tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed. It now appears that the lawsuits are coming to Canada as the Federal Court of Canada has paved the way for the identification of subscribers at Bell Canada, Cogeco, and Videotron who are alleged to have copied the movie.  Late last month the court ordered the three ISPs to disclose the names and addresses of subscribers linked to IP addresses alleged to have copied the movie. The ISPs were given two weeks to respond and are entitled to be reimbursed for their expenses. In reaching its decision, the court cited the BMG Canada v. Doe case, the last major Canadian case involving peer-to-peer file sharing lawsuits. That case opened the door to further lawsuits, though it established some privacy safeguards. In this instance, the court cited PIPEDA as evidence that the personal information can be disclosed as well as federal court rules for the legitimacy of the claim and the necessity of acquiring the information for the lawsuit to proceed. There is no indication that the ISPs challenged the order or that there was an opportunity for a public interest intervention as was the case in the earlier CRIA lawsuits.

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September 9, 2011 72 comments News

Dutch Report: File Sharers Biggest Customers

Ars Technica reports on a new Dutch study that finds that file sharers are the content industry's "largest customers."

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May 4, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

SAC: Legalize File Sharing

The Songwriters Association of Canada's Eddie Schwartz has an opinion piece in the Mark News calling for the legalization of file sharing and the adoption of a new voluntary fee system.

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April 19, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Thousands of New File Sharing Lawsuits Launched in the U.S.

THR reports that more than 20,000 individuals have been sued for downloading movies via BitTorrent in recent weeks.  The suits may be part of a larger strategy that could see another 30,000 hit with lawsuits in the coming days.

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March 31, 2010 4 comments Must Reads