Framework discourages copyright trolling
CHATHAM, ON, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - TekSavvy Solutions Inc., one of Canada's leading independent
telecommunications service providers, views yesterday's federal court
ruling in Voltage Pictures v. Does as providing a positive new consumer rights framework when copyright
holders seek personal information about ISP customers.
"We are pleased with these new safeguards and are proud to have played a
role in increasing the protection of consumers," said Marc Gaudrault,
CEO of TekSavvy Solutions Inc. "Until the conditions of the order are
fully met we will not release customer information. TekSavvy will
maintain a role in the court process moving forward to ensure that our
customers' rights continue to be at the forefront of these
In 2012, U.S.-based Voltage Pictures filed a lawsuit demanding that
TekSavvy disclose personal information including telephone numbers and
email addresses of approximately 2,000 subscribers who Voltage said had
infringed its copyright. The ruling introduces conditions designed to
protect subscribers' privacy and discourage copyright trolling in
Canada. The Federal Court ruling limits Voltage's request to name and
address information only, and maintains strong court oversight on how
this information is used and when it is disclosed. This creates a
protective framework for this and future mass requests of consumer
TekSavvy will be advising customers of the order and the specific
outcomes of the ruling. No customer information will be provided to
Voltage unless and until all conditions of the court order are met.
About TekSavvy Solutions Inc.
TekSavvy Solutions Inc (TSI), is one of the leading independent
providers of telecommunications services in Canada. Founded in 1998,
TSI provides residential, business and wholesale Internet and phone
services in Canada. Today, TSI's services are used by tens of thousands
of Canadians. Based in Chatham, Ontario, TSI operates offices in
Chatham and Ottawa. TSI is a privately held company that is at the
forefront of protecting Canadian consumers' rights online. For more
information, visit www.teksavvy.com. We're Different. In a Good Way.
SOURCE: TekSavvy Solutions Inc.
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