Norwegian Supreme Court Explores Whether Private Companies Should Get Access To IP Info
from the legal-questions dept
TorrentFreak alerts us to an interesting case happening in Norway right now. Apparently, the most expensive movie ever produced in Norway was (shocking, I know) found on the internet soon after it was released. The filmmakers got very, very upset about this and “launched an investigation.” After figuring out what they believed to be the IP address of the first uploader, they went to the police, who basically said they weren’t interested in getting involved. So instead, the fillmmakers filed a civil suit and attempted to get the name of the account associated with the IP address at the time of the first upload. But, at least in Norway, it’s something of an open legal question as to whether or not a private company/individual can get such info, as it has the potential to violate data privacy rules.
Oddly, the court made its decision last May, but kept the verdict secret from the public. I guess I’m not that familiar with Norwegian law, but I find it odd that a verdict can be kept secret. Either way, whichever party lost (and no one knows who) appealed, and the Norwegian Supreme Court is apparently looking over the case.