CRIA sues to get subscriber IDs from ISPs; Shaw stands up for subscriber privacy and due process

| February 13, 2004
The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) launched its offensive against music file-sharers in Canada this week. Having filed a number of "John Doe" lawsuits, CRIA is trying to get ISPs to disclose the contact information for subscribers associated with over 20 IP addresses that have allegedly been engaged in heavy file uploading. Of the four targeted ISPs (Bell, Shaw, Rogers, Videotron), Shaw has said that it will fight the requests; Telus will ask for more time so that the targeted individuals have an opportunity to challenge CRIA\'s requests. CIPPIC has called on all ISPs to follow Shaw\'s lead. See CIPPIC\'s webpage on File Sharing for more info.