Copyright-trolls Told To Stop Using Courts For Their Dirty Work

Copyright-trolls: mind your own extra-judicial business, court says – Ars Technica

A Northern California District Court handed down an order on March 30, denying permission to a company called Hard Drive Productions to subpoena ISPs for user names and addresses associated with certain IP addresses.

The order shows a growing impatience on the part of many judges for “copyright troll” cases, especially in instances where the plaintiff has no desire to litigate, but hopes to merely use the court system to extract monetarily attractive settlements from a wide range of defendants that the plaintiff can’t directly identify. Instead, copyright holders have been suing “John Does” for each IP address caught downloading their copyrighted material. But this doesn’t fly in Judge Howard R. Llyod’s court anymore.