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Zuxxez Seeks Cheaper Access To User IPs From ISPs

Posted: 03rd Apr, 2007 By: MarkJ
Zuxxez, a German games publisher that has been pursuing illegal UK file sharers (details), is attempting to have the prices ISPs charge to reveal customer IP details lowered:

UK law allows ISPs to charge to cover the costs of retrieving the addresses of file sharers identified by snooping copyright holders. But the prices they charge vary wildly and the fees are usually passed on as part of the fines copyright holders demand of file sharers they catch distributing their software.

While some ISP's charge nothing to hand customer records to investigators, others have been found to charge up to £75. Dirk Hassinger, sales director at Zuxxez, which also has a stake in the Topware gaming brand, said: "The court order [that copyright holders must use to get ISPs to hand over their addresses] says that ISPs have to give out their addresses and they have to charge reasonable fees.

"It's very difficult to found out whether it's reasonable. We are trying to negotiate with them and bring their charges down. We are negotiating with the ISPs to get the file sharers to pay less.
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