Saturday, July 12, 2008

Court orders Quebec file-sharing site shutdown

MONTREAL -- Canada's recording industry has won a court order shutting down a popular Quebec Internet site that allowed users to share music and films free of charge.

The decision is being described as the first time a Canadian court has ruled on the grey area of peer-to-peer file sharing, which record companies say is costing them millions in lost sales.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Pierre Tessier issued the permanent injunction closing QuebecTorrent.com on Wednesday and ordered its operator, Sébastien Brulotte, to refrain from being involved in "any technology allowing the download of any work protected by copyright."

Mr. Brulotte, a 28-year-old resident of St-Jérôme, north of Montreal, is also ordered to refrain from making any comment regarding the dispute "that may be prejudicial" to the record companies that sought the injunction.

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