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An Illinois District Judge has denied access to personal info tied to IP addresses in VPR Internationle's copyright infringement case against numerous "John Doe" torrent users.
In the case VPR Internationale v. Does 1-1017, Judge Baker denied adult film studio VPR Internationale the means to subpoena ISPs for personal information connected to IP addresses. His reason was based on the recent child porn incident where a man was wrongfully apprehended and accused of downloading child pornography when in fact it was his neighbour leeching from his unprotected Wi-Fi network at home.
The judge concluded his ruling stating that the court isn't going to support "fishing expeditions" for subscribers' details if there is no evidence that the court has jurisdiction over the defendants. "Until at least one person is served, the court lacks personal jurisdiction over anyone," he said. "The court has no jurisdiction over any of the Does at this time."
Baker's ruling could spell the end of "pay-up-or-else-schemes" that have previously nailed more than 100,000 U.S.-based BitTorrent users to the wall over the past year alone. It may also be the end of all future John Doe lawsuits if other judges reach the same conclusion in their file-sharing cases.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
it won't last long.
A higher more corrupt Judge will
over rule the ruling.
Originally posted by Nite_wing
One small step for man.
One giant leap for mankind.
edit on 5-5-2011 by Nite_wing because: (no reason given)