The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case Rogers Communications v Voltage Pictures, where the point at issue is whether the internet service providers (ISPs) have to be compensated for their costs when they give information for potential infringers.
In the case at hand, movies owned by the US company Voltage were been illegally used by Rogers’s individual clients.
The Canadian internet provider agreed to disclose the required information for these persons but only against financial compensation. The US company disagreed.
According to the the Supreme Court’s decision in such cases, the ISP has right to receive a compensation for its reasonable costs but only in a case when the information is not required by the law.
For example, connecting the IP address of a customer to his real identity and submitting this information with the copyright holder is not covered by the law requirements.