British ISPs told to grass on pirates



The British Phonographic Industry has begun a second wave of lawsuits against alleged illegal file sharers. The UK music industry body has been granted a High Court order compelling ISPs to provide the names and addresses of 31 individuals.

This follows BPI’s last announcement on March 4, that it had successfully settled 23 of the 26 cases launched in its first round of litigation against illegal uploaders, beginning in October 2004.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said, “Once again the Court has accepted that BPI has evidence that filesharers in the UK are infringing copyright and has ruled that the identities of these 31 individuals should be disclosed, so that the BPI can take legal action. Today’s result is a blow for illegal uploaders who believe that the law simply does not apply to them.”

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