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Mass-BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for more than two years in the US, involving more than a quarter million alleged downloaders. The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing more than an IP-address as evidence. They then ask the courts to grant a subpoena, allowing them to ask Internet providers for the personal details of the alleged offenders. The problem, however, is that the person listed as the account holder is often not the person who downloaded the infringing material. Or put differently; an IP-address is not a person and a Judge agrees.
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Fighting publisher rights abuse with open WiFi works.
 
correct; but I was referring to people indemnifying themselves at home by refusing to put a password on their wifi SSID.
 
+loraine mcee Yep. And because people in power generally don't understand this, it's the owners of the wifi that come up liable if something goes wrong.
Did I mention how easy it is to hack wifi even if it were secure?? Yea, give me a few hours, and a good reason, and your IP is now my IP.
 
and please dont bog TOR downloading torrents, if you choose to remain private while downloading torrents for whatever reasons I2P is more appropriate
 
+ryan edge the point of this ruling is that the owners are no longer liable whether they had "secure" wifi or not, in the absence of additional evidence.
 
+James Salsman Yea, that's why I said generally. Many times have people been charged with things because they were running a TOR exit node, or had their systems compromised.
 
I think Judge Gary Brown has given me some hope that some judges either a) understand or b) are willing to learn; about technology so they can actually make informed rulings.
 
Hasn't it already been well established in courts that forensic evidence can tie an event to a system but not to a person? For that you need more. You'd think the standards wouldn't be dependent on the "crime" or "offense" or whatever. I expect the scare tactics will still be lucrative business regardless.
 
+Christian Velin i fully agree... finally they admit the difference. im sure they knew the difference but i believe they refused to admit it until now lol
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