What is Copyright infringement in Canada?

Firm seeks Customer information in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit  December 10, 2012 – 08:35 pm
Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG

Recently we sent out a communication to our customers with the intent to help them understand the Copyright Modernization Act and TekSavvy’s position on how we view our responsibility to our customers and our legal duties under both copyright and privacy laws. We received a tremendous response to that communication. Many have expressed questions and concerns about it.

We too are concerned.

Last week we received a motion from Voltage Pictures LLC, for customer information associated with a significant number of IP addresses. They advised us that they would be seeking a court order on December 17th.

First, we want you to know that we have not provided any information to Voltage. We would only do so under court order.

Secondly, if you are the subject of their request, earlier today, we sent out notices to those affected. We sent an email to the same address that you would normally receive your invoices from us. Please be sure to check your inbox.

Now, what is it that has us concerned?

We are frankly puzzled by the approach that Voltage has taken. It seems contrary to the government’s intent with copyright reform, which was to discourage file sharing lawsuits against individuals, while still protecting copyright holders’ rights. The manner and the timing of this action also seems unusual given that the government recently created a roadmap for addressing file sharing and copyright infringement within its legislation. Its starting point is a notification system to subscribers to discourage infringement without immediate threats of lawsuits or disclosure of their personal information. That system is not yet finalized though. In light of these factors, Voltage’s actions seem odd to us.

Source: TekSavvy Blog

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