Since January 2019 SaskTel has sent out approximately 30,000 notifications to customers accused of unauthorized downloading or uploading of copyrighted material. Copyright owners hire companies that track down IP addresses that access movies, such as through peer-to-peer file sharing software, and then obtain court orders requiring SaskTel to divulge the name of the customer associated with the IP addresses. This has resulted in copyright owners like Hollywood studios filing thousands of lawsuits against Canadian individuals, with damages sought typically in the range of $5,000.
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