International Herald Tribune reports:
French court favors personal privacy over piracy searches
By Thomas Crampton
Published: December 21, 2006
PARIS: A French court has ruled that music companies and other copyright holders cannot conduct unrestrained Internet monitoring to find pirates.
The decision, which could leave record companies open to lawsuits in France for invasion of privacy, pits European Union-sanctioned data protection rules against aggressive tracing tactics used by the music and film industry.
"The judge's decision defends the privacy of individuals over the intrusion from record labels," said Aziz Ridouan, president of the Association of Audio Surfers, a group that defends people charged with illegal downloading. "This should send a strong message and hopefully affect every one of the hundreds of people defending themselves."
Thanks to Christian Alberdingk Thijm, Esq., of Amsterdam, for the heads up on this article.
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