[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/03/w2fJn6.jpg[/newsimage]Recently, federal judges in both Texas and Illinois have dismissed mass peer-to-peer file sharing lawsuits, in which hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of people across the United States are brought together in one case and accused of downloading the same film. Prosecuting attorneys and film studios were advised that the cases would need to be filed with the district courts in which the defendants reside, as downloading a file using the same application is not a strong enough relationship to establish jurisdiction. But a Washington DC District Court Judge disagrees. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/dc-judge-backs-mass-p2p-anti-piracy-litigation-41989/](http://www.myce.com/news/dc-judge-backs-mass-p2p-anti-piracy-litigation-41989/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Unfortunately in the US judicial system, it only takes one idiot judge. Hope their ruling gets pounded into mush on the appellate level.
Judge Beryl Howell
Here something some haven’t consider maybe just maybe this Judge has stock or interests in those companies to make such a over reaching claim that has no bases or facts to backup those P2P claims to go by.
An article at Ars Technica shows that Judge Howell is a former RIAA lobbyist.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2581828]An article at Ars Technica shows that Judge Howell is a former RIAA lobbyist. [/QUOTE]
I stand corrected what a guess :Z. I figure there was a snake oil running amok in the judicial system.
[QUOTE=coolcolors;2581835]I stand corrected what a guess :Z. I figure there was a snake oil running amok in the judicial system.[/QUOTE]
AS a former RIAA lobbyist, he should reccuse himself from the case without making any ruling at all. I think this is ground for appeal. I suspect he may still be in the employ of the RIAA, he is in DC after all, one of the most corrupt cities in the US.
I think this is grounds for him being removed from the bench.