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Dutch Usenet provider ordered to reveal identify of copyright infringing user

By | Published on Monday 12 June 2017

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A specialist Usenet provider in the Netherlands has been told to provide Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN with details about a former user who is accused of sharing copyright infringing material via the Usenet network.

As previously reported, BREIN has stepped up its efforts in the last eighteen months to target prolific individual file-sharers, scoring some success in getting rampant online infringers to commit to stop infringing via the threat of court orders that would force the file-sharers to pay significant damages.

The anti-piracy group has targeted people sharing links to unlicensed material via various online platforms and networks, including Usenet. Its latest bid to do that required Dutch Usenet-provider Eweka to reveal the identify of a former user, but it refused to do so without a court order.

So BREIN went to court and secured said order, and also a ruling that said Eweka must comply with the anti-piracy group’s requests in similar cases in the future without additional injunctions from the court.

According to Torrentfreak, this is in line with past precedent in the Netherlands where courts have said that internet companies should reveal the identities of users in infringement cases, where the case for infringement is plausible and the accuser has a legitimate interest in the case.



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