Judge Says Porn Copyright Cases Need More Than IP Address

By Bill Donahue (May 10, 2019, 4:15 PM EDT) -- Ruling against a pornography company that's filed thousands of copyright lawsuits over the last two years, a Miami federal judge is refusing to let such cases move forward based on an IP address alone.

In a decision against Strike 3 Holdings, the judge ruled Wednesday that a mere IP address — a number that identifies an internet network — offered little concrete evidence that a particular person in her district had illegally downloaded a copyrighted video.

"It is entirely possible that the IP address belongs to a coffee shop or open Wi-Fi network, which the alleged infringer briefly used on a visit...

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