Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person

In a landmark ruling, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. This case has significant influence outside of the copyright world due to the increasing number of devices with internet access (and therefore an IP address) and the increasing reliance on digital evidence in litigation. This case also exemplifies the need for judges and attorneys to fully understand the technology they are dealing with. Judge Brown’s decision attests to his knowledge of wireless networks and how IP addresses are assigned.