Brussels copyright ruling favours Telefonica

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18 July 2007, BRUSSELS - Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people they suspect of swapping illegal music downloads, a senior legal adviser to the EU's highest court said Wednesday.

18 July 2007

BRUSSELS - Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people they suspect of swapping illegal music downloads, a senior legal adviser to the EU's highest court said Wednesday.

Advocate General Juliane Kokott said the European Court of Justice should consider it within EU law for governments to prevent personal data on Internet traffic being handed over in civil cases _ unlike criminal cases.

Her legal opinion aims to help judges come to a final decision when they decide on legal questions put by a Spanish court looking at a complaint made by Spanish music copyright owners against Spain's largest Internet provider Telefonica SA.

Promusicae, a nonprofit group of music producers, made a legal complaint against Telefonica for not handing over the names and addresses linked to IP addresses that it believes uses the peer-to-peer file-sharing tool KaZaA to illegally distribute intellectual property owned by Promusicae.

Telefonica says the law only allows them to share personal data for criminal prosecutions or matters of public security and national defense.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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