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Videotron willing to give subscriber details to CRIA

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Apr 2005 16:52 User comments (7)

Videotron willing to give subscriber details to CRIA Videotron, a Canadian Internet Service Provider said it is willing to hand over personal details of its customers to the Canadian Recording Industry Association and doesn't understand why so many other ISP's would choose to fight it. The ISP agrees that uploading music over the Internet is Copyright Infringement. They also say that this is a regular procedure if a court order is issued. They claim that some of the companies fighting to protect their customers own entertainment networks and are part of groups that are losing money due to file sharing.
The statement came not long after a hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal about file sharing. Chief Justice John D. Richard and three other judges heard arguments from both sides about privacy and copyright laws. A decision is not expected until late summer however. The main issue to be determined is whether the Canadian Copyright Act is violated when people upload songs online.

The Canadian Recording Industry Association is fighting for the identities of 29 file swappers that it calls "large scale uploaders" so it can launch legal attacks against them. Shaw Communications, Rogers Cable Communications, Bell Canada and Telus Communications are all fighting for their customers. The others say there’s no way to prove whether the IP address belongs to the person doing the uploading. A Telus lawyer said they want to see if the CRIA has proof.

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7 user comments

122.4.2005 17:36

Glad i'm not a Videotron user. If i was i wouldn't be after reading that.

222.4.2005 18:12

Damn thats pretty sad, i would hate to be a maple leaf right about now! I wonder how many users they will lose?

322.4.2005 18:36

LOL. They don't realize why so many ISPs are fighting it? They will as soon as they lose all their customers.

424.4.2005 9:09

if videotron doesn't understand, fire the lawyer and hire some body who can read the copyright act - it is very clear that lend CD to friend is legal.

524.4.2005 12:16

glad im not with them man they are soo stupid if i was i would be calling and canceling right now. They just dug their own grave

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Videotron, a Canadian Internet Service Provider said it is willing to hand over personal details of its customers to the Canadian Recording Industry Association and doesn't understand why so many other ISP's would choose to fight it
because they want to keep thier customers

625.4.2005 1:39

well. if isp are legally responsible to give personal information on what a customer downloads if the wrong hands widespread identy theft could be possible

729.4.2005 11:23

It just proves how much the company Videotron really bites the big one. Used to be with them for TV, left them for another and never looked back. Hope they get what they deserve.

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