Time Warner Ordered to Hand Over IDs in Illegal Downloading Suit

From the Blog of Legal Times:

A Washington federal judge has ordered Time Warner to identify several hundred subscribers accused of illegally downloading movies, over the cable giant’s protests that the request is unfairly expensive and time-consuming.

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, in an opinion (PDF)issued yesterday, struck down Time Warner’s motion to quash the subpoenas for subscriber information in two of the three cases pending before the court, meaning Time Warner will have to come up with the identities of about 250 subscribers.

Now that this has been granted, it will be interesting to see if Time Warner contacts their subscribers and notifies them to give them the opportunity to file objections, before their information is handed over. As they are not currently parties to the case as this time, this creates additional complications for anyone wishing to try and protect their identity.

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