Judge Says Vague IP-Address Evidence Not Enough For Subpoena

Posted by HardOCP News 2:32 PM (CDT)

Tuesday October 04, 2016

We do not condone piracy in any way shape or form but it's about damn time the courts started making common sense rulings like this. It seems like everyone on the planet, with the exception of the court system, knows that relying on an IP address alone as evidence is just stupid but they do it on a regular basis. With any luck, this ruling will set precedence for future cases.

A California federal court has thrown up a roadblock for filmmakers who want to obtain the personal details of an alleged BitTorrent pirate. The judge refused to issue a subpoena, twice, because it's not clear if the rightsholder obtained the geolocation details at the time of the infringement or after the fact.