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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Canada Still Sues Canadian File-Sharers

Canada Still Sues Canadian File-Sharers

Canada Still Sues Canadian File-Sharers

Added: Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Nine years ago Canada saw its first major lawsuit filed by BMG Canada Inc. and a number of other music labels against some Canadian file-sharers. The entertainment industry asked the ISPs to reveal the names and addresses of the suspected infringers. This case became a milestone for other copyright lawsuits which were filed afterwards and set the frivolous balance between privacy and copyright. BMG’s request was denied.


Since 2011, a number of similar cases emerged, and a couple of them were of great importance. Such behaviour could be explained by the affinity of the US for such cases, where a bunch of anonymous file-sharers are brought to justice. In case ISPs want to cooperate, the alleged infringers are forced to either settle for a certain amount or go to trial. Although the effectiveness of such approach has been debated in certain circles, the Canadian legal system seems to catch up to these methods and is ready to apply them.

Talking about the BMG case, despite the fact that BMG appealed the court decision not to force ISPs to reveal personal details about their subscribers, the Federal Court denied its appeal. This ruling resulted from the company’s failed attempts to provide with hard evidence of the violation. In addition, the court pointed to the fact that BMG couldn’t prove the necessity of involving ISPs, because details of the alleged infringers could have been obtained from iMesh or KaZaA.

Another similar case started a couple years ago, with Voltage Pictures LLC suing at least 34 alleged file-sharers. The company filed a motion where it requested the names and addresses of the defendants. In result, the motion was granted, because the Federal Court claimed that pirates shouldn’t hide behind IP addresses.

Late last year, NGN Prima Production Inc. also filed a lawsuit against a number of anonymous copyright infringers. The studio asked the court to force ISPs to release their subscribers’ names and addresses, and by the end of the year the motion was granted.

As you can see, it turned out that this method of dealing with copyright violators is slowly but surely becoming the easiest and most effective way of giving copyright owners what they want, regardless of privacy concerns and ethics. Not so good for the Canadians, though.

March 22nd,2013

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Date:  Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2013-03-22 21:22:49)
firefoxsniper avatarNo such thing going on in Canada,total b.s. story.

posted by (2013-03-23 01:26:39)
No avatarI agree with firefoxsniper, this is not happening in Canada. Sam could you state your sources?

posted by (2013-03-23 02:57:01)
No avatarAnother poorly worded headline. Canada is a country, not a group of corporations. Canada can refer to all the people of Canada, or Government of Canada, but you are using it incorrectly here.

SaM, your English is not bad, so I don't understand why your headlines are so inaccurate so often? Why write news articles if you are not a journalist? No newspaper would print the kind of articles you write without sources or quotes.

posted by (2013-03-24 01:23:47)
No avatarOk, the author isn't a native English speaker, but they get their point across.

Sorry folks. Read one of the major papers - G&M, Star, Sun etc. This is widely known by those that read print media. Tread carefully fellow Canucks.

posted by (2013-03-24 06:08:51)
No avatarThe Voltage case was started in September 2012 and has not been decided on yet by the Federal Court. For the sencond one, never heard about it and I follow these things.

posted by (2013-03-24 06:17:07)
Solcis avatarAn independent ISP, TekSavvy, had about 2,300 IP addresses of its customers picked off by a company which represents Voltage Pictures and others. They were alleged to have downloaded Killer Joe and other garbage movies from various torrent sites. When they tried to obtain the identity of those subscribers, they were challenged by TekSavvy. As a result, the Federal Court agreed to adjourn the trial to a later date. In addition, they agreed to let the Canadian equivalent of the EFF, known as CIPPIC, to intervene on behalf of the affected internet subscribers. The Canadian legal system moves like molasses, so it could be some time before we see the conclusion of this. But it doesn't look too good for Voltage right now, since their evidence is flimsy and has ensnared quite a few innocent people.

You're best to make use of a logless VPN, regardless of which country you reside in and what the legal status of copyright is there. Bottom line.

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