The so called copyright trolls have been sending settlement letters for a good three years in Finland demanding people allegedly downloading and sharing material online to pay up a smaller fee or end up paying huge fines for pirating. Now the Finnish market court has ruled the evidence shown by copyright holders doesn’t outweigh the privacy of Internet users in Finland. Even in cases where the sharing of copyrighted material was shown true the court ruled the evidence wasn’t significant enough to hand over any personal details of Internet users.
This is a huge blow to copyright trolls and copyright owners since now the ISPs don’t have to release any information about their customers even if it is shown their customer really is sharing some material online. The problem with the evidence lies in their vague nature. The evidence gathered by the rightsholders has failed to show how much data has been shared and for how long the sharing has been going on. The evidence included a total number of people sharing material in a so called BitTorrent swarm. However the court ruled the fact that thousands of people were sharing the same file says nothing about the significance of individual infringements.
The ruling is a huge relief for thousands of Finnish people who’ve wrongfully received the letter. There are dozens of different cases where even people who don’t even know how torrents work have received a letter from copyright trolls.