File Sharers Can't Expect Privacy, 6th Circ. Rules

Law360, New York (April 12, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling that a man convicted on child porn charges did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in files he made publicly available on the Lime Wire LLC “peer-to-peer” file-sharing service.

A jury convicted William Conner in 2011 on four counts of receipt of visual depictions of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. On appeal, Conner argued that the use of LimeWire by a sheriff's deputy constituted an unlawful, warrantless search under the Fourth...
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