Judge says individuals can't be identified by an IP address

A federal judge ruled this week that an Internet protocol address isn't legally sufficient to identify a defendant accused of illegal downloading of files. "[I]t is no more likely that the subscriber to an IP address carried out a particular computer function -- here the purported illegal downloading of a single pornographic film -- than to say an individual who pays the telephone bill made a specific telephone call," wrote Magistrate Judge Gary Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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IP address doesn't ID individuals in piracy lawsuit, judge rules - CNET

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