A Federal Court of Canada decision this week has put the Internet's so-called copyright trolls on a short leash.
In a decision released Thursday, the court ordered Ontario-based ISP TekSavvy to turn over the names of some 2,000 of their subscribers to Voltage Pictures, a Hollywood production company behind such movies as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club.
Voltage suspects them of illegally downloading unlicensed copies of its movies and wants compensation.
The court granted Voltage's application to go after the alleged copyright violators but in his decision, Judge Kevin Aalto set limits to keep a company from acting "inappropriately in the enforcement of its rights to the detriment of innocent Internet users," The Canadian Press reported.
"On the facts of this case, there is some evidence that Voltage has been engaged in litigation which may have an improper purpose," Aalto wrote.
"However, the evidence is not sufficiently compelling for this court at this juncture in theRead More »from Internet provider TekSavvy ordered to release names of subscribers accused of pirating movies