by Cyrus Farivar
One of Canada’s most well-known independent ISPs, TekSavvy, has announced that it had received a request on behalf of an American film studio for subscriber information on “a couple thousand” of its users.
Voltage Pictures LLC believes that thousands of TekSavvy subscribers (and likely many more at the larger ISPs in the Great White North) have downloaded unauthorized copies of a number of its films, including The Whistleblower, Balls to the Wall and Fire with Fire, among others.
If this film studio’s tactics sound familiar, it's because we’ve been covering them for years. Back in 2010, Voltage targeted tens of thousands of Americans for allegedly downloading copies of The Hurt Locker, expanding its efforts to Canada the following year. One major problem: an IP address does not always tie back to an actual person. By early 2011, Voltage's cases were largely dropped, at least here in the United States. But it looks like Voltage isn’t done with its legal wrangling, at least in Canada. (The studio did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment.)
According to court documents, Voltage hired a Canadian digital forensics company, Canipre, to monitor traffic on BitTorrent between September 1 and October 30, 2012, looking for the studio’s films.
Source: Ars Technica