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Judge Rules That IP Addresses Cannot Be Used to Identify Copyright Infringers




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“Manny” is the name of a documentary about boxer Manny
Pacquiao. The film was released in May of 2014.

The filmmakers filed 150+ copyright infringement lawsuits
against unnamed people who downloaded their movie illegaly.
These lawsuits named IP addresses, not the names of actual
people. The filmmakers planned on submitting
subpoenas to ISPs, forcing them to name the customers
associated with the IP address.

Things didn’t go as planned…

A Southern District of Florida judge says the filmmakers did
not prove that IP addresses can reasonably determine who was
responsible for the infringement.

The judge also says they didn’t prove that the person
responsible is located in the court’s district.
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The filmmakers argued that “all other courts” have
agreed with using IP addresses to identify the infringing
parties, but this isn’t true. The judge cited a number of cases
where courts disagreed with this method.

The judge has denied the filmmaker’s request.

See the full document here.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and
more: @nine_u

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Comments (2)

  1. Satan

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha

    I love the law

  2. GGG

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    I mean, in terms of copyright infringing this sucks, but in
    the grand scheme of things this is probably a good
    precedent. Plenty of people can probably hack into shit and
    frame people if IP=person.




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