Wednesday, June 15, 2005
File sharing via peer to peer (P2P) networks is just as contentious an issue in Canada as it is in the U.S. as the case of BMG Canada et al. v. John Doe et al. makes clear. This ruling, handed down by Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on May 19, considers several important issues, including whether an ISP must turn over the names of anonymous users of its services without a court order and whether those anonymous users are infringing the copyright of creators of musical works when they download recordings via the net.