I got this comment in the mail today and thought you might find it interesting!
Additional info on the case in Montreal here… it’s not clear whether this presages something bigger but I think it’s prudent to take Logan at face value… this can/will affect a lot of Canadians as it plays out.
A rep from Voltage Pictures was on CKNW yesterday and confirmed that there would be future action. His contention was that they’ve been driven to it by ever increasing downloads, so much so that it’s impacting their capacity to continue making anything other than “sure thing” films as well as having an impact on local economies.
As for being able to keep tabs on people… what’s not realized is that the moment you use bitTorrent to request a file you’re telling the world your IP address… think this through, how else are they going to send you the files you’ve just requested? or on the other hand, if you’re uploading files you’re telling the world, hey I have a file to share and this is where you find it. Unless you’re using a private network the only way bitTorrents can work is if the users share their locations…
As for privacy, the forensics firm only has what you’ve made public by your own actions, your IP address, it’s up to the courts to order your ISP to release the names and addresses associated with it. The 2005 Justice Shore ruling ensures that this is possible.
Trevor Paetkau