Judge allows subpoenas for illegal film downloads

A federal judge allowed the holder of the copyright for a movie to subpoena the names of individuals accused of illegally downloading the film, according to the AP.

The copyright holders of the 2008 German film "Far Cry" tracked the IP addresses of users suspected of pirating the film and subpoenaed their Internet service providers, hoping to get the names of the individuals associated with the addresses.

Once notifed, some customers challenged the subpoena. U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer denied their petitions on Friday, citing precedent that Internet subscribers do not have an expectation of privacy once they provide their subscriber information to the ISP.