RIAA Drops Suits Because of WiFi

Reports have come in that two law suits involving the RIAA have been dropped recently with one defendent receiving payment for legal fees! This involved two brave persons actually committing to the law suit instead of settling but this news may convince others that it is worth it to fight for your rights in court.

The cases involved persons who used WiFi to share their access to the Internet. This situation destroyed the RIAAs assertion that evidence based on IP addresses absolutely identifies the alleged infringer. Anyone could have been behind that connection including neighbors, visiting friends, etc. It is important to note that the RIAA DROPPED the cases to preclude setting precedent so it’s unclear whether every circuit court will rule the same way. I don’t believe judges are allowed to use cases like this when deciding in the future.

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