Dutch ISP Releases Name in P2P Case

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The entertainment industry achieved a key victory Thursday after a Dutch Internet service provider surrendered the name and address of one of its customers suspected of illegal file-sharing.

Ronald van der Aart of UPC, the Netherlands’ second-largest broadband ISP with 500,000 subscribers, said the company decided not to appeal a summary judgment by Amsterdam’s District Court in a suit brought by the Brain Institute, an organization founded to fight digital copyright infringement.

Brain spokesman Okke Delfos-Visser said the agency would now contact the UPC customer and would likely sue if a settlement isn’t reached first. Similar cases in the United States are usually settled for several thousand dollars.