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Is file sharing now safe in Switzerland?

When people get sued for online piracy, it is usually thanks to firms who troll on file sharing sites and analyze who is there, collecting IP addresses to build a case. The Swiss Federal Court has recently ruled that IP addresses are private and thus fall under strict privacy laws. This means they can only be used for criminal cases, whereas online piracy falls under civil law. This puts the incriminated firm, Logistep, out of business.

Note that the Swiss Federal Court is not a constitutional court in the US sense, as it only interprets federal law. Thus the Swiss Parliament could reverse this decision by adopting a law.

Hat tip: ars technica


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