by Mike Masnick
Mon, Sep 8th 2008 6:34pm
You may remember that soon after the entertainment industry provided The Pirate Bay with a ton of free publicity by getting the site (oh so briefly) shut down, its next target was isoHunt, which similarly backfired. While isoHunt is still involved in litigation in the US with the MPAA, up in Canada, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) has sent it a threatening letter demanding that it shut down. Similar threats have worked against other BitTorrent tracker sites, but isoHunt feels that it's on pretty firm legal grounds, and has filed a lawsuit against the CRIA, asking for a declaratory judgment that its service doesn't infringe on copyrights. It's using a similar explanation as its US lawsuit, noting that it's no different than a search engine. It also points out that when given evidence of infringing content, it takes down the related trackers -- which again should help put the site on pretty strong legal ground. While Canadian copyright law is different than US law, this is an important case to watch.
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