Rogers Challenges Copyright Fees Decision with Supreme Court Appeal

In May 2017, a court ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ordered the company to disclose the private data of copyright infringers. Today, Rogers has taken the first step in appealing that court ruling.

The initial ruling from the Federal Court of Appeals (FCA) determined that ISPs could not charge extra fees to identify those accused of copyright infringement. However, the FCA overturned the Federal Court of Canada’s (FCC) this ruling, saying that ISPs could charge fees to identify these individuals.

The Copyright Act doesn’t require that ISPs turn over personal user information to copyright holders.

Rogers is asking the Supreme Court to consider the breadth of the internet provider’s obligations under the current system. Specifically, the company wants to know whether or not their obligations trump common law when it comes to recovering the costs associated with tracking down information for a particular subscriber.

[via Financial Post]