Wednesday, March 31, 2004

SORTA BREAKING NEWS... Canada's Federal Court denies Recording Industry request for ISP information
Didn't see this coming. Expect angry response from recording industry soonish. In the meantime, download, at least temporarily (and at least in Canada), without fear of lawsuit.

**UPDATE**... 2:03pm EST... More here.

**UPDATE**... 3:31pm EST... This actually took longer than I expected...

For immediate release

"Canadian recording industry will continue to fight copyright infringers"

(Toronto) — The Canadian Recording Industry Association vowed today to continue to fight widespread infringement of music copyright on the Internet.  

CRIA President Brian Robertson stated, “We remain committed to our plans to enforce the law against unlawful “file sharing”, which is devastating the entire music community.   We will continue to fight to protect music creators from the theft of hundreds of thousands of songs.”

“We are reviewing the decision received today from the trial court and expect to appeal it,” commented CRIA General Counsel Richard Pfohl.  “In our view, the copyright law in Canada does not allow people to put hundreds or thousands of music files on the Internet for copying, transmission and distribution to millions of strangers.  We put forward a compelling case of copyright infringement in seeking these disclosure orders.  We presented more initial evidence than has ever been put forward in a request for disclosure of user identities from ISPs --which Canadian courts have granted on numerous occasions.”

On 11 February, CRIA filed motions to require five Canadian Internet service providers to disclose the identities of subscribers alleged to be large-scale infringers distributing thousands of digital music files to millions of strangers. These people were subscribers to internet services operated by Bell/Sympatico, Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., TELUS Corporation and Videotron Telecom Ltd.

Canada’s recording industry has launched several initiatives designed to meet the technological challenges posed by unauthorized online music distribution: from the innovative and ongoing Value of Music public awareness campaign aimed at the early teen demographic, to direct ‘instant messages’ to unauthorized file-sharing service users, to the creation of new legal online business models like www.puretracks.com and www.archambaultzik.ca.

The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. In all they represent 95 per cent of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada.

**UPDATE**... 5:56pm EST... Yet still more here.

**UPDATE**... 11:42pm EST... Colby Cosh comments.

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