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This article was published on March 21, 2012

    Miami judge signs order calling torrenting “protected anonymous speech”, then vacates it

    Miami judge signs order calling torrenting “protected anonymous speech”, then vacates it
    Drew Olanoff
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    Drew Olanoff

    Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for onlin Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for online charitable movements. He founded #BlameDrewsCancer. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or email [email protected]

    According to a report by TorrentFreak, a Miami judge has issued a landmark order in a case that included over 600 BitTorrent downloaders.

    Judge Marc Schumacher pulled no punches when discussing the way in which copyright holders are going after citizens, in essence bypassing federal courts thanks to a loophole in Florida that allows copyright holders to subpoena Internet providers with little or no evidence. Here’s what Judge Schumacher had to say:

    [These suits are].. used to extort settlements from defendants who are neither subject to the courts’ personal jurisdiction nor guilty o