Top EU Court: File-Sharers Don’t Have to be Named (Reuters)

EU countries can refuse to disclose names of file sharers on the Internet in civil cases, the EUs top court said on Tuesday in a blow to copyright holders trying to fight digital piracy. The European Court of Justice ruled on a dispute between Spanish music rights holders association Promusicae and Spains top telecommunications operator, Telefonica. “Community law does not require the member states, in order to ensure the effective protection of copyright, to lay down an obligation to disclose personal data in the context of civil proceedings,” the court said in a statement….

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