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[JURIST] European Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott [official profile] told the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] in an advisory opinion [text, in German] Wednesday that European Union (EU) governments should resist disclosing internet user information sought by copyright industry groups for civil lawsuits. Kokott's opinion stems from a lawsuit filed by Promusicae [trade website], a Spanish music industry coalition, against internet service provider (ISP) Telefonica [corporate website] to obtain the customers' names and addresses linked to IP-addresses that Promusicae suspects to be involved in illegal peer-to-peer music sharing. The Spanish court hearing the case requested the ECJ's interpretation of EU privacy laws, and may or may not follow Kokott's recommendation.
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