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UK Court Confirms: IP Addresses Aren't People

suraj.sun (1348507) writes | more than 3 years ago

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suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Wrapping up the last of the United Kingdom's notorious copyright infringement "pay up" letter cases, a UK patent and copyright judge has had a major revelation. Just because some lawyer cites an Internet Protocol (IP) address where illegal file sharing may have taken place, that doesn't mean that the subscriber living there necessarily did the dirty deed. Or is responsible for others who may have done it.

The judge has given ACS:Law two weeks to continue the case or pay the defendants' legal expenses (or "wasted costs" as they're called in the UK). Crossley and MediaCAT have already closed up their operations, but they may still be targeted in a "group complaint" (like a class action here in the US) brought by defense lawyers at the major law firm Ralli.

ARS Technica: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/court-confirms-ip-addresses-arent-people-and-p2p-lawyers-know-it.ars"

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