Do the RIAA subpoenas target static IP addresses or dynamic IP addresses?
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Asked by: grthumongous-ga
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22 Feb 2004 06:04 PST
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Re: Do the RIAA subpoenas target static IP addresses or dynamic IP addresses?
Answered By: majortom-ga on 22 Feb 2004 07:51 PST
Hello, grthumongous-ga, The RIAA subpoenas cite not only an IP address, but also a date and time. Provided that the subpoena is issued in a timely manner, it is possible for ISPs to search their activity logs and determine what customer was assigned a particular IP address at a particular time of day. The subpoenas do not specifically mention static versus dynamic IPs but are careful to provide enough information to identify the user in either case. I have located the text of such a subpoena: TechTV | Warning to Internet Service Providers http://www.techtv.com/news/culture/story/0,24195,3489327,00.html The same site offers an example of "attachment A," in which the actual evidence of infringement is given: TechTV | Fingering a Swapper http://www.techtv.com/news/culture/story/0,24195,3489332,00.html This is sufficient information to pin down the identity of a dynamic or static IP user, provided that the ISP in question keeps log files log enough. Thanks for the opportunity to answer this question.
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