Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

One File Swapper Lawsuit At A Time

from the slowly,-slowly... dept

A judge looking at the latest complaint from internet providers about the RIAA's "John Doe" lawsuits that grouped hundreds of potential offenders into a single lawsuit has decided that isn't very fair. Instead, he's pointing out that the RIAA should file each lawsuit individually and present evidence that each John Doe violated copyright laws in a separate lawsuit. Perhaps as a gesture of goodwill, he's approved the first such subpoena after evidence was presented on one single file sharer. As you might imagine, this is likely to slow down (and increase the expense) of the RIAA's legal attack on people accused of illegal file sharing.

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