p2pnet.net News:- ISPs in Hamburg, Germany, can’t be forced to provide customer data to Big Music, “even when illegal copying is suspected,” the Higher Regional Court has ruled.
“There is no legal basis for demanding customer data,” continues The Register. “ISPs, the court argues, aren’t part of the criminal act. They merely provide access to the web.”
This overturns an earlier Hamburg District Court decision, “which had granted record companies access to customer data after they discovered an FTP server where numbers by German band Rammstein could be downloaded for free,” says The Register, adding:
“Experts believe that the setback for the record industry is only temporary as legislators in Germany are drafting a new Telemedia Act, granting the recording industry more freedom in obtaining data from internet service providers.”
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The Register – Court rules for German ISPs in P2P identities case, May 17, 2005