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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:09

US judge rules IP addresses are not enough

Written by Nick Farell


P2P legal trolls have heart attack
The booming industry of legal P2P trolls have just received a huge setback in the US.

For a while legal outfits have been seeing an IP address on a torrent cloud and contacting the ISP where the address is hosted. They then get a court order demanding that details of the IP address be handed over to them so that the fileshare can be sued. They usually do not sue, but instead get an out of court settlement and split the cash with the movie studios.

However that will be turned around after U.S. Judge Harold Baker has ruled that IP addresses aren't people. He denied a Canadian porn company VPR subpoenas for personal information in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Judge Baker noted that the embarrassment of public exposure might be too great, the legal system too daunting and expensive, for some to ask whether VPR has competent evidence to prove its case.

The judge mentioned a recent Buffalo case about an unsecured router. The FBI conducted a raid against a man they thought guilty of distributing child pornography. It turned out that his 25-year-old neighbor was the culprit and had been piggybacking of the innocent homeowner’s wireless connection. Since it was possible that a copyright infringer might just be piggybacking in the same way, and could be a neighbour or even someone parked out on the curb. If that was the case the IP address isn’t sufficient evidence to invade their privacy over the un-named people.

Nick Farell

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+51 #1 NickThePrick 2011-05-04 11:16
So there's still hope for mankind ?
 
 
+35 #2 123s 2011-05-04 11:27
A little ray of reason...wonder what happens after Limewire process...
 
 
+27 #3 Jigar 2011-05-04 12:12
Quoting NickThePrick:
So there's still hope for mankind ?


Exactly, but hey, don't forget to have a wireless router at home... ;-)
 
 
+12 #4 nECrO 2011-05-04 17:22
Holy crap! MY country's legal system did something right. I wonder how that happened. I guess the RIAA/MPAA forgot to get a bribe... err campaign contribution out to someone.
 
 
+7 #5 buxcador 2011-05-04 18:10
So, I googled VPR just to have a clue about WTH is VPR:

-VPR: Vermont Public Radio. I never trusted VPR.

-VPR:VPR is a HIV gene. It stands for "Viral Protein R". I never trusted VPR.

-VPR: VPR is a placement and routing tool for array-based FPGAs. I never understood VPR.

-VPR: Valparaiso Poetry Review. Nerds. I never liked their poetry.

-VPR: Vice President for Research. Nice. We need more research. But why they are downloading porn? WTF they are researching?


-VPR: Veterinary Pharmacy Reference. So, they are also on drugs?

-VPR: Virgo Patterson Realty. Definitely, I never trusted Patterson.
 
 
+2 #6 JEskandari 2011-05-04 19:24
Quoting Jigar:
Quoting NickThePrick:
So there's still hope for mankind ?


Exactly, but hey, don't forget to have a wireless router at home... ;-)

I have one :lol:
 
 
+7 #7 vkozyrev 2011-05-04 19:25
Thank you, thank you, thank you... Somebody is the US still has a common sense.
 
 
+4 #8 jozef 2011-05-04 20:48
Quoting buxcador:
So, I googled VPR just to have a clue about WTH is VPR:

-VPR: Vermont Public Radio. I never trusted VPR.

-VPR:VPR is a HIV gene. It stands for "Viral Protein R". I never trusted VPR.

-VPR: VPR is a placement and routing tool for array-based FPGAs. I never understood VPR.

-VPR: Valparaiso Poetry Review. Nerds. I never liked their poetry.

-VPR: Vice President for Research. Nice. We need more research. But why they are downloading porn? WTF they are researching?


-VPR: Veterinary Pharmacy Reference. So, they are also on drugs?

-VPR: Virgo Patterson Realty. Definitely, I never trusted Patterson.


Very comprehensive list, thank you.
 
 
+6 #9 thomasg 2011-05-04 21:38
This makes perfect sense, how can they prove someone didn't use my wireless network to download mp3's and movies?
 

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