San Francisco – A federal judge has ordered the U.S.
Copyright Group, which is suing over 14,000 suspected illegal movie
downloaders, to work with Time Warner Cable and several digital rights groups
to come up with a way to notify individual defendants of the legal actions
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) filed to quash subpoenas from the group for the
identities of subscribers to its ISP who were suspected of infringement.
Additionally, rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and
the ACLU filed a brief arguing that defendants cannot be grouped by the dozens
into single copyright infringement, but instead by law must be sued
U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer was reportedly concerned
that "defendants might not have a fair opportunity to raise legal
objections" to the subpoenas, according to the EFF, and so ordered the
firm to work with the other parties in the litigation on developing the notice.
"The notice is intended to help educate the defendants about the case and
their legal options, such as the option to challenge jurisdiction," the
(DMW previous coverage)