Canada: ISPs Not Liable For Copyright Royalties

Law360, New York (July 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that internet service providers cannot be held accountable for digital music files transmitted over their networks, dealing a blow to the music industry’s anti-piracy efforts.

In a unanimous 9-0 ruling, the country's highest court found ISPs were simply intermediaries and could not be held accountable for the actions of their users.

"An Internet service provider's knowledge that someone might be using content-neutral technology to violate copyright is not necessarily sufficient to constitute authorization, which requires a demonstration that the...
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