6th Circ. Says Infringers Should Often Be Unmasked

Law360, New York (November 28, 2017, 5:03 PM EST) -- The Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday that judges should often unmask anonymous internet users when they’ve already been found liable for copyright infringement, issuing a first-ever ruling that those users are entitled to less First Amendment protection than those who are merely accused.

Calling it an issue of first impression, the appeals court ruled that, when copyright infringement has been adjudicated, the First Amendment right to anonymous online speech will usually be trumped by the competing public interest in open judicial proceedings.

“We hold that like the...
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Signature Mgmt Team, LLC v. John Doe


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16-2188

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Appellate - 6th Circuit

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3820 Property Rights: Copyright

Date Filed

August 22, 2016

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