A Tale of Two Anonymities: Attempting to Remove the Veil of Secrecy in Online Copyright Cases

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...." In Dickens' famous observation, a mere comma separates the good from the bad. However, when it comes to the law, facts, not punctuation, often mean the difference between the best of times and the worst of times. In dealing...

DC Federal Court Prevents Movants from Proceeding Anonymously in Peer-To-Peer File-Sharing Copyright Case despite First Amendment Concerns

The District Court for the District of Columbia has upheld a magistrate's order preventing peer-to-peer file-sharing defendants from proceeding anonymously. Hard Drive Prods. v. Does 1 - 1,495 , 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137719 (D.D.C. Sept. 26, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...