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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear a case over whether an internet service provider can charge a fee for revealing information about a suspected movie pirate to film producers seeking to crack down on people who share copyrighted material illegally.
The Federal Court of Appeal, agreed, siding with the producers.
As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for deciding to hear the case.
Justice David Stratas, writing for the appeal court, said the Copyright Act, which applies in this case, allows copyright owners to seek information about alleged pirates from internet service providers.
He said internet providers can charge reasonable costs for disclosing information in cases like this, but added that the actual costs are likely to be negligible.