Austria's High Court has decided that ISPs can't be forced to give personal details of their subscribers to rights holders without a court order. The verdict was the result of a four year long spat between a Performing Rights Organization called LSG and the Austrian ISP Tele2, according to Futurezone.at.

Lower courts had consistently decided that Tele2 should hand out personal information of suspected file sharers because of Austria's copyright law. The High Court however decided that a provision of Austria's telecommunications law trumped these requirements by making illegal for ISPs to even keep data that would allow to link an IP address to a subscriber.

The decision doesn't mean it's completely impossible for rights holders to pursue file sharers in Austria. They just have to go to a court first, which makes it more costly.

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