17 August 2009

Austrian Supreme Court holds that ISP is not obliged to provide copyright enforcer with file-sharing user’s data.


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Austria’s Die Presse reports about a recent decision of the Austrian Supreme Court (4 Ob 41/09x), according to which the

File-Sharing User’s Right of Privacy Has a Higher Priority

than a copyright enforcer’s right of information.

The Supreme Court had to deal with a case where a collecting society requested an ISP to disclose the personal data of a file-sharing user, whose IP address the collecting society had already obtained.

By so deciding

The Supreme Court Overruled the Lower Instances

which found the defendant ISP liable to provide the claimant collecting society with the requested information.

The decision is considered to have a certain signalling effect.