Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ziggo does not have to give client info to film firm in piracy case

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Internet provider Ziggo does not have to hand over information about people who have illegally downloaded film The Hitman’s Bodyguard to distributor Dutch Filmworks, appeal court judges in Arnhem said on Tuesday.

The company had demanded Ziggo hand over the names and addresses of 377 people who, it said, had downloaded the film between December 2017 and February 2, 2018.

The court ruled that DFW had not been clear enough about what it planned to do with the information and that this meant the privacy of Ziggo’s clients is more important than the alleged piracy.

Nor had DFW given enough information about how it planned to fine Ziggo’s customers and what sort of fine it planned to levy, the court said in its ruling.

A lower court earlier ruled that DFW had not done enough to show that the IP address owners had actually downloaded the film, and also threw out the claim.

DFW said two years ago it would take legal action against people caught illegally downloading its products.

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