Internet Law

The internet, like all other fields of human activity, is subject to law. However, the internet is also borderless and this poses significant challenges for courts.

Courts will act against illegal activity on the internet. And, in the right circumstances, courts will grant global orders if a local order will not be enough to address the problem.

We were counsel on the leading case in Canada that addresses these issues. In Equustek v. Google, Madam Justice Fenlon of the BC Supreme Court wrote:

When Google appealed, organizations representing the global film and television industries (FIAPF) and music recording industries (IFPI), as well as the US Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) intervened.

The BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld the order against Google. Mr. Justice Groberman wrote: