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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Canadian Copyright Trolls Will Have to Pay $11 per IP-Address

Canadian Copyright Trolls Will Have to Pay $11 per IP-Address

Canadian Copyright Trolls Will Have to Pay $11 per IP-Address

Added: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Canada's Federal Court has finally delivered a ruling: Voltage Pictures will have to pay $21,557 in order to expose 2,000 alleged infringers. The case involved the movie studio and the Canadian ISP Teksavvy, and this court ruling is very important for future “copyright trolling” efforts.


Voltage Pictures started to sue pirating BitTorrent users en mass in Canada a couple years ago. Before, the movie studio targeted tens of thousands of people in the United States, and now the copyright troll was planning to expose 2,000 subscribers of Canadian Internet service provider TekSavvy. The studio claimed that the Internet users violated the Copyright Act. The lawsuit resulted in objections from the Canadian regulator that demanded safeguards so the movie studio wouldn’t demand hefty fines from Internet users without oversight. In the meantime, the court allowed to expose subscribers. The only question was the costs associated with identifying the alleged infringers. The copyright troll believed these would only be a few hundred dollars, but the ISP asked for more than $350,000.

The Federal Court settled the costs at about $21,500, which includes $17,000 in technical administrative costs and $4,500 in legal fees. This makes it roughly $11 per each IP-address – it fact, this is just a tiny fraction of the thousands of dollars in settlements the movie studio usually demands from its victims.

Of course, this court ruling opens the door for more of these cases in the country. The only question is whether the costs and the restrictions make it worthwhile. However, the movie studio seems determined to continue its actions against the Internet users, claiming that the ruling just confirms the court’s commitment to facilitate anti-piracy and allow to pursue infringers

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-03-26 08:14:14)
robbow123 avatarThat is sad and funny. A numberof years ago I received an obvioulsy Pirated DVD from an ebay seller located in Oakville, Ontario.

I did not like that so I contacted the anti piracy division of the Motion Picture Association in Canada. They asked me to send the DVD and would reimburse me. After repeated attempts I never got my reimbursement. I called the Oakville branch of the RCMP to complain about the person who could be easily tracked down.
The constable in charge of such things, said they don't bother with individual cases. They are concerned with large shipments that arrive via the ports. I asked " So If I downloaded a movie and made a DVD and sold it to a some friends, you wouldn't do anything.
She remained silent, which was my answer. Since then, with the Motion Picture people screwing me over and the silent but affirmitive answer of the RCMP. I have not been concerned with anything I do online. But I do like Buying the Blu Ray versions when they hit the stores later.
Oh Well!

posted by (2015-03-27 10:18:44)
No avatarconfused@#^&^%$#
so...what you want to tell us?
that you do not like torrents?? why you are here?
looks for me you like troubles...

posted by (2015-03-28 22:53:08)
ciance avatarBuddy, you screwed yourself, NOT MPAC. Serves you right for being a snitch. Glad you never got your money back. Yay to MPAC for screwing YOU over.

posted by (2015-03-29 02:20:19)
robbow123 avatarI am not sure why I am trying to make my point more clearly for trolls.

But I prefer civil discourse and making my point.
When I was buying DVD's from ebay. it was about 10 years ago and I had not heard of bit torrent. Not sure when it started.

But my position was and still is. If you are making a copy or downloading a movie for your own use or for some friends. GREAT!!

If you get something for free and attempt to make money off it, then you are a crook. Youtube and Google are a den of thieves but got away with it. Doesn't make it right.

I learned that the people who are supposed to care don't care. And when I found out about bit torrent and started using it, I had no qualms about it.

By the way I didn't screw myself. Ebay returned my money. MPAC, broke a promise. Glad Now?

I was trying to illustrate how bit torrent is good and the news report about outing people is stupid, ridiculous. You are better at calling people names. you come up with something.

Mr Sky I hope I explained myself better. But if there is something worth standing up for and I can summon the will, I don't mind getting in "trouble"
I think therapy or anger management might help with your negativity and hatred of things you don't understand. Hope you get help

All the best

posted by (2015-03-29 04:57:41)
No avatarThe terrifying thing is that Canada's big telecoms (Bell, Rogers...) are sitting on their hands while precedent gets made. And all the while Teksavvy can't afford to properly fight this in court since they're a small company.

And I can't for the life of me fathom what Voltage thinks it can get out of this... Canadian law says each individual has to be charged and tried separately, and damages are limited to what the "guilty" party "stole"... in the case of private users, the most Voltage could even sue for would be the retail price of a DVD... one at a time...

@robbow123: that's probably why the RCMP didn't give a damn. The cost of an investigation and trial would far outweigh any penalty they could levy since the damages would be limited and anything recovered. Plus, selling pirated DVDs doesn't even count as a criminal offence in Canada. Now, crates of pirated DVDs being caught in transit from outside the country IS a criminal offence.

Lesson learned though: don't trust MPA-Canada (or SOCAN for that matter...shady jerks), or the RCMP. They aren't trying to help you and will lie to get your help.

posted by (2015-03-30 03:13:04)
No avatarhere's my view....from a third world user.

if bittorrent did not exist then the dissemination of information would be less. nowadays we can learn the many cultures of the world through media which is available via bittorrent which we otherwise couldn't afford. the movie studios are loosing nothing from us because if it isn't free then we wouldn't be watching it.

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