20/04/2005

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Court releases file-share details

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Court releases file-share details

Well it had to happen, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has applied to get court orders against several ISPs to hand over the details of their customers.

The BPI will then take the users to court and try to seek compensation and legal costs from those distributing music.

ISPs hard not to hand over customer details to anyone, but they do have to comply with court orders (and generally with law enforcement agencies - with caveats), but once a court order is in place the data is there.

This could spell the start of more actions if this is successful, but will it curtail file sharing. It may have some effect.

However watch this space for news of interesting movements that may allow at least limited file sharing with record company approval.
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