An IP Address Is Not A Person, Says Judge In Copyright Case

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge said Tuesday that an IP address is not sufficient evidence to identify a specific person, in a case involving defendants who allegedly illegally downloaded copyrighted pornographic material from the Internet.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown held that a person who pays for Internet access at a given location, and thus is associated with the IP address, is not necessarily the same individual who has allegedly downloaded a pornographic film.

“It is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP...
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