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Not only can an IP address NOT identify an individual, it can't even properly identify an American state.

Piracy advocates supporting the numerous John Doe lawsuits saw yet another blow to their lucrative crusade after a California judge ruled that an IP address can't even identify an American state let alone a person.

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It just keep getting better!!! Not only does it not identify a person, now a state!! Do we have some torrenting judge's??? tongue.gif

Here is a quick link to the judge ruling that a IP address can't identify a person: link
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Ha. Suck eggs, RIAA. biggrin.gif
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An IP adress first use is to play around with the FBI when they are tracking you.
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VERY nice. This is surely going to derail so many court cases. Good, IMO.
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Cool, this goes againt the french law. biggrin.gif
Edited by adridu59 - 5/16/12 at 2:39pm
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CDProjekt will no longer be able to use their tactic of putting their games up for torrenting and then prosecuting those who torrent them?
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Originally Posted by Abs.exe View Post

An IP adress first use is to play around with the FBI when they are tracking you.

Haha.
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CDProjekt will no longer be able to use their tactic of putting their games up for torrenting and then prosecuting those who torrent them?
.... what? headscratch.gif
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I'm not sure which geological IP tools they were using. The one I've used (which is free) has never let me down so far. But the issue isn't that the court won't go after someone, it's that the plaintiff has to prove the IP first resides in the jurisdiction of the court, so there is still potential for these companies to get the ISPs to identify the IP's origin or location, then file a suit in the nearest district court.
 
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I'm not sure which geological IP tools they were using. The one I've used (which is free) has never let me down so far. But the issue isn't that the court won't go after someone, it's that the plaintiff has to prove the IP first resides in the jurisdiction of the court, so there is still potential for these companies to get the ISPs to identify the IP's origin or location, then file a suit in the nearest district court.
An IP address may not actually originate from the state it is registered at, in the case of an ISP that's in multiple states. For example, their IPs may all be registered to headquarters, when in fact they have customers in many states. I'm guessing this makes it a little more difficult to determine what laws apply when you're attempting to petition an ISP for identifying information.
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