BitTorrent users dont “act in concert,” so judge slashes mass P2P case is the headline on Ars Technica, and it’s fairly accurate. An interesting development in the P2P cases brought by the porn industry against downloaders, this ruling definitely takes the wind out of the sails of the plaintiffs’ law firm.
Even though this court’s decision could help my clients in various cases, it does raise a question: do BitTorrent users act in concert? Acting in concert implies some agreement to work with another person to accomplish some (usually illegal or unlawful) goal. A BitTorrent user has his or her computer exchange data with others, but there is no express agreement involved. Indeed, a BitTorrent user doesn’t even know who the other users are from whom he acquires data.
This is one court ruling to review and digest. (Normally I don’t post about things before reading them, but the blog post itself was detailed enough for me to at least share it.)