CRIA Suffer Another Legal Blow In Quest To Prosecute Alleged File Sharers

By | May 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM

The Canadian Recording Industry Association suffered yet another blow Thursday in their perennial mission to deter online file sharing.

The Canadian Press reports the Federal Court Of Appeal dismissed a challenge issued from the group that requested Internet service providers release the names and addresses of 29 individuals allegedly responsible for sharing outlandish amounts of music via the Internet.

Suspected to have made 43,541 songs available to the general public, the 29 individuals in question will have their identities remain a secret due to the court ruling. As a result, the CRIA will be unable to sue the alleged pirates.

The big legal quandary in question was to determine exactly how strong the evidence must be against an accused copyright violator to infringe on their right to online privacy.

The TV, film and book publishing industries have kept a close eye on this case, as they too have suffered negative implications due to peer-to-peer file sharing.

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