The Tribunale di Roma recently ruled that an IP address is insufficient evidence to identify an individual. During preliminary investigations of a file-sharing copyright infringement complaint, the district attorney and the judge considered that the mere ownership of the connection from which the offence was committed was not sufficient to establish the liability of defendants, especially since the alleged infringement may have been committed by other people.
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The Swiss newspaper Le Matin has an interesting article about Logistep data tracking. There seems to be some controversy between the Swiss Data Protection officer and the Swiss federal court which unfortunately seems to have ended up with Logistep being allowed to continue harvesting the IP address of Swiss internet users. The original article is in French so here is a translated excerpt of the most salient points:
The Swiss federal administative court (TAF) has given the green light to Logist... Continue reading...
Excellent news segment on You and Yours about this issue today. Interestingly enough, Crossley seems to believe that IP addresses can not be spoofed. Once again, the description of the process used to gather evidence was very vague, followed by the usual bluster about how freaking awesome and irrefutable the evidence was.
He sounded very shifty when asked if they had won any court cases yet, and fluffed a bit when forced to mention their connection with Davenport Lyons. Of course he flat out d... Continue reading...