Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Oh Canada!
The Canadian courts dealt quite a blow today to CRIA's (Canada's RIAA) lawsuits/subpoenas against (alleged) filesharers. From Wendy Selzer: "The court "cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy on a shared directory linked to a P2P service." The court also held that the CRIA had delayed its requests too long, presented too little evidence of methods for tracking users, and would have to reimburse ISPs if it were ever permitted discovery." Lots of excited postings around blogland about this today, although Ernest Miller has a less upbeat interpretation of the ruling.


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