Dutch Filmworks has also caught up with the highest court in the Netherlands: Ziggo is not required by the Supreme Court to provide information about illegal downloaders. The Supreme Court thus follows the advice of the Attorney General.
A motivation is not given, according to the Supreme Court this is not necessary.
It concerns a long-term case between Ziggo and film distributor Dutch Filmworks (DFW). DFW announced in August 2017 that it would tackle illegal downloaders. Anyone who downloads a film from us and is caught can expect a settlement proposal too much, the company said at the time.
377 IP addresses
For this, DFW needed the cooperation of the providers to which the downloaders are connected. The distributor asked Ziggo for the name, address and place of residence of 377 IP addresses.
From these addresses, between December 21, 2017 and February 2, 2018 The Hitman’s Bodyguard have been downloaded. Ziggo refused to provide the data, after which DFW went to court.
The District Court of Midden-Nederland ruled against DFW because of doubts about the distributor’s working method. On appeal, the court in Arnhem ruled that DFW is “too unclear about what it will do with that data”. For that reason, the court stated, the protection of the privacy of Ziggo’s customers “at the moment” weighs more heavily. That judgment now stands definitively.