Canadian court happy to enforce US copyright infringement judgement

May 2006

By Kenneth A Dekker

Citing the internet’s unique potential “to cause harm anywhere and everywhere”, Madam Justice Lax of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice enforced a New York District Court judgment earlier this month against the operators of Ontario-based websites that facilitated the illegal copying and downloading of movies. As the New York court had properly taken jurisdiction and the defendants could establish none of the very limited defences to enforcement, such as a denial of procedural natural justice, fraud or public policy reasons, the judgment was enforced.

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