Privacy Group Urges Anonymity For Accused Porn Downloaders

Law360, New York (January 30, 2012, 7:22 PM EST) -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged a federal judge Monday to shield the identities of individuals accused of violating copyright laws by sharing a pornographic video online, saying the judge should reconsider a "Catch-22" order requiring the defendants to reveal their identities before filing motions for anonymity.

The privacy group filed an amicus brief in Washington federal court, saying the judge's order could force defendants to settle with plaintiff Hard Drive Productions Inc. out of embarrassment, rather than getting to the merits of the case. Instead, the...
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HARD DRIVE PRODUCTIONS, INC. v. DOES


Case Number

1:11-cv-01741

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District Of Columbia

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Copyright

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John D. Bates

Date Filed

September 26, 2011

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