Canada’s recording industry is poised to launch dozens of lawsuits against Internet users who share copyrighted music through “music swapping” networks such as Kazaa.
The lawsuits will target high-volume music traders — people who store several thousand MP3 song files on their computers and make them available through the Internet for others to download.
Bell Canada, Rogers Cable, Telus Corp. and Shaw Communications Inc. are among major Internet service providers being told to expect federal court orders early next week that would require them to identify Internet subscribers who are allegedly pirating this music.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) represents major record labels such as Universal Music Canada and EMI Music Canada. It sent a “notice of motion” to high-speed Internet providers Wednesday afternoon to warn the orders will be requested Monday in Federal Court.
The Star has learned that at least 20 individuals are being pursued, though the recording industry has previously said it would go after 30 to 40 individuals.
Nine customers of Rogers Cable have been targeted.