Top EU Court Bruises Music Industry in P2P Case

Music file sharers and ISPs in Europe were triumphant after an advisor to the European Union’s Court of Justice said Wednesday that, in civil cases, telecommunication companies in Europe are not required to provide data on clients thought to be illegally sharing music files. A Spanish court sought the advice of the EU’s top court in a case launched by Promusicae, a music and audiovisual association in Spain — think Spanish RIAA — after Telefonica, an Internet service provider, refused to release the names and addresses of subscribers suspected of using file sharing programs.

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