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Court Tells UK ISP's To ID File-Sharers

Posted: 14th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
The English High Court has today given UK ISP's just two weeks to step up and identify file-sharers that have been identified by the music industry as illegally swapping copyrighted music on P2P networks:

The order, made by Mr. Justice Blackburne, follows a request from UK music trade association the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Earlier this week, it warned it would begin legal proceedings against anyone offering music without authorisation, beginning with a list of 28 people it claims are among the worst offenders.

The identities of the 28 remain unknown, but today's ruling, unless challenged by the ISPs, will allow the BPI to target the alleged music uploaders by name. The organisation said it would offer them the opportunity to settle out of court. But it will seek injunctions against the individuals, along with monetary damages, if they resist.


It should be made clear that the industry is currently only targeting those that swap hundreds and possibly thousands of tracks, most likely as a test case. More @ The Register.
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