TekSavvy buys more time in copyright case vs Hollywood studio

An independent Chatham, Ont.-based Internet service provider has bought itself more time to inform subscribers they may be the target of lawsuits from a Hollywood movie studio.

A judge granted an adjournment in court today in order to give more time for a third party to intervene. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic is going to speak against Voltage Pictures and its request that TekSavvy hand over the identity of thousands of IP addresses that are allegedly breaking copyright by sharing content using BitTorrent.

The judge expressed caution in hearing a one-sided case since TekSavvy is not directly fighting the motion that it release customer records to Voltage. In the meantime, TekSavvy has offered to send notices to affected customers, requesting they take down copyright material.

Fictional TekSavvy customer Gene Yus might be getting a legal notice in the mail.

With the court case being a harbinger for how Canada’s new copyright laws will be interpreted by the courts, the judge seems willing to take time with the matter. When the case is heard, it may take more than one day to hear all the arguments.

Source | Techdirt

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