Court Allows ISPs to Charge Studios for Help in Hunting Pirates
Canada’s Supreme Court recently ruled that internet service providers in the country may charge media makers for assistance in looking up the IP addresses and details of customers that spread and use pirated media.
The ruling was made in a case involving Voltage Pictures vs telecom giant Rogers. The production company behind the movie Hurt Locker wanted to sue around 55,000 Rogers customers who allegedly bootlegged the studio’s films, but the provider wanted to charge $100 per hour for assistance.
The court ruled in favor of Rogers, but said that the telecom should go back to a lower court to justify the amount it is charging.