Time Warner Cable refuses to expose porn pirates

Time Warner Cable refuses to expose porn pirates

Summary: Time Warner Cable has refused to turn over customers accused in a lawsuit over a pirated porn film by Larry Flynt Publishing

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Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, has refused to turn over customers accused in a lawsuit by Larry Flynt Publishing of pirating one of the company's porn films, according to Flynt's attorney.

In October, Dallas-based attorney Evan Stone filed three separate lawsuits against more than 4,000 "John Does," alleging the defendants illegally shared the movie "This Ain't Avatar XXX." The copyright suit was filed on behalf of Larry Flynt Publishing (LFP), which oversees Flynt's adult-entertainment empire, including Hustler magazine.

The identities of the accused are unknown because Stone only possesses Internet protocol addresses of people alleged to have used peer-to-peer software to pirate films. To identify the defendants, he needs each person's ISP to match IP addresses to names. Stone said TWC agreed to only turn over 10 names per month, an amount that he said is totally unsatisfactory. A TWC spokesman declined to comment.

For more on this story, read ISP won't reveal names of alleged porn pirates on CNET News.

Topics: Legal, Browser, Piracy, Security, Telcos

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  • more power to Time Warner!

    I would not give RIAA goons anything without a court order.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: Time Warner Cable refuses to expose porn pirates

      @Linux Geek

      Reread the story, Einstein.

      1. It's not the RIAA doing the requesting. It's a lawyer representing Larry Flynt.

      2. TWC [b]IS[/b] giving them the information, just very, very slowly.
      Hallowed are the Ori
  • ok man... the story cant read "refuses" if they are giving them information

    Maybe refuses to turn over in a timely manner... or severely delays?

    I give props for taking their sweet time. BTW: They have the match the IP with the date and time it was assigned, not just match the name. I change my IP all the time, by changing my MAC address assigned to the router and rebooting it.
    Been_Done_Before
  • RE: Time Warner Cable refuses to expose porn pirates

    One would think the ISP would need a court order to comply, and one would think the court would need full history on the torrent to show that the alleged pirates actually pirated something that was viable (complete).
    Schoolboy Bob
  • RE: Time Warner Cable refuses to expose porn pirates

    TWC actually protecting their customers? I can't believe it.
    Loverock Davidson
    • maybe some of TWC

      employees are watching some of that porn, taking their time handing over the info utill thet're finished watching it themselves? <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
      John Zern