A California judge has dismissed 15 lawsuits against John Does accused of sharing pirated adult movies on BitTorrent, saying the court lacks jurisdiction because the geolocation tools relied on don't always accurately identify the state in which the IP address is located.
In order to serve Internet service providers subpoenas to find out which individuals are behind IP addresses linked to alleged pirated content on BitTorrent, the lawyers for plaintiff Celestial needed to convince the judge that the IP addresses are located in California. But the judge said he was not persuaded that the geolocation tools had a high enough accuracy rate.
"Based on plaintiff's own reliability claims, there may still be a 20 to 50 percent chance that this court lacks jurisdiction," Judge Dean Pregerson of the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California wrote in his decision from May 1, which was reported on by TorrentFreak.
In another setback to antipiracy efforts, a judge in New Yorkof illegal downloads because of the potential that multiple people can use the same computer.