File-Sharers Have Right to Anonymous Speech, Court Hears

Earlier this year a group of large ISPs including Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and Cox took a stand in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. The ISPs appealed a district court decision ordering them to reveal the identities of 1,058 subscribers accused of pirating movies. The decision granted the adult movie company AF Holdings the right to obtain the personal details of subscribers suspected of downloading their works using BitTorrent. In their appeal the providers pointed out that the copyright trolls are trying to create an environment in which they can sue many people at minimal cost. In their efforts the Internet providers are now backed by advocacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and Public Knowledge. Together they filed an amici curae brief to the appeal court, which was accepted this week…

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File-Sharers Have Right to Anonymous Speech, Court Hears

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 Net News

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