Information stored under data retention laws can be disclosed to copyright holders to identify illegal file-sharers, ECJ rules

EU laws on the retention of communications data do not prevent internet service providers (ISPs) disclosing information to copyright holders that could enable those rights holders to identify illegal file-sharers, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.The Data Retention Directive does not contain terms that prevent internet protocol (IP) addresses that ISPs must store under the terms of the law from being used by rights holders in civil legal proceedings to identify alleged copyright infringers, the Court said.To read this Out-Law report in full, see:

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