23,000 IP addresses

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Tue May 10 08:37:55 CDT 2011


On Tue, 10 May 2011, Marshall Eubanks wrote:

> A Federal Judge has decided to let the "U.S. Copyright Group" subpoena ISPs over 23,000 alleged downloads of some
> Sylvester Stallone movie I have never heard of; subpoenas are expected to go out this week.
>
> I thought that there might be some interest in the list of these addresses :
>
> http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/05/expendibleipaddresses.pdf

It wasn't that good a movie, so I guess they need to squeeze every bit of 
$ they can out of anyone who saw it.  I bought it a a Blockbuster 
liquidation sale (having not seen it previously).

> http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/biggest-bittorrent-case/
>
> This is turning into quite a legal racket (get order $ 3000 for sending a threatening letter); I expect to see a lot
> more of this until some sense returns to the legal system.

I wonder how things go if you challenge them in court.  This is surely a 
topic for another list, but it seems to me it'd be fairly difficult to 
prove unless they downloaded part of the movie from your IP and verified 
that what they got really was a part of the movie.  If they're going after 
any IP that connected to and downloaded from an agent of the studio (and 
thats what it sounds like) who hosted the file, can they really expect to 
prosecute people for downloading something they were giving away?

Wouldn't that be like the RIAA making bootleg copies of audio CDs, giving 
them away, and then prosecuting anyone who accepted one?

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