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Sunday, 13 March 2005


The Register reports that on Friday, a UK High Court judge ordered six internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal the names and addresses of 31 downloaders to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Once the names of the alleged downloaders are revealed, the BPI will write to them, offering them the chance to settle. The order comes hot on the heels of the decision of a number of “pirates” to settle cases brought against them by the BPI.

The IPKat says that (unlike France – see blog of Friday 11 March) it seems pretty clear that illegal downloaders are infringing copyright. However, ISPs aren’t usually too keen on being made to reveal information through court orders.

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