14 February 2014
The recent decision of the Federal Court of Canada in Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe, 2014 FC 161 has received considerable attention for its approach to combating “copyright trolls,” i.e., entities who threaten lawsuits for copyright infringement against a large number of individuals with the aim of coercing individuals into settlement. Voltage, the owner of copyright in films such as the Hurt Locker, sought the names and addresses of over 2,000 subscribers of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) suspected of copyright infringement for illegally downloading films.
Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP partner Bruce M. Green discussed the Court’s order for the ISP to identify the subscribers on The Drive with Terry Moore, CFAX 1070 on February 24, 2014. Listen here.