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Download ruling leaves door open to improved evidence, appeal by CRIA

News | 04/02/2004 5:00 am EST

The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) will appeal a March 31 Federal Court of Canada ruling against its efforts to get at subscriber information for 29 individuals suspected of violating music copyright laws (CNM Special Update, March 31/04; CNM, Feb. 20/04). Though the ruling by Justice Konrad von Finckenstein has been lauded by many who oppose CRIA’s efforts, the door is still open to further suits. CRIA counsel Richard Pfohl didn’t disclose the organization’s legal strategy in a media release – except to confirm that it would appeal the ruling – but it’s widely expected that the industry lobby group will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn the decision on the basis that von Finckenstein used too strong a test to determine the motion’s validity.

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