ISPs Must Turn Over Customer Names in Porn File-Sharing Suit

, The Legal Intelligencer


Internet service providers have to disclose the names of their subscribers who are accused of using a file-sharing site to copy a pornographic movie, a federal judge has ruled in a copyright infringement suit.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Continue to Lexis Advance®

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at

What's being said

  • Peter E. Brill

    Despite the fact that people have yet to get it through their heads that pressing the download button on a movie or song you haven't paid for is stealing, that is exactly what it is. And why should you have an expectation of privacy when you're stealing? You might as well wear a ski mask while downloading illegal porn (or music, or movies), since you are a thief. And the fact that everybody does it, or that "information wants to be free", does not make it any less wrong. On the other hand, any legitimate and legal use of the internet in whatever form should be as fully and robustly protected as any other First Amendment right. Judge McLaughlin has crafted an opinion that balances the right to access free information freely and discreetly while providing an avenue for copyright owners (including the artistes behind "Bareback Street Gang") to seek redress against those who steal from them. And won't they be embarrassed when they get served with that lawsuit.

Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here.

Preparing comment abuse report for Article #1202547277019

Thank you!

This article's comments will be reviewed.