I don't want to litigate the case online, but there is a lot of misunderstanding here of what this case is about and what will happen from here. Essentially, I asked the Court to stay the subpoena, because the issue is Doe 3's right to remain anonymous, and if Doe 3's identity is disclosed, it would obviously become impossible to get a ruling about that right...cat out of bag, and all that...So by granting the stay, the Court agreed at least that the issues are arguable, and that the subpoena should be on hold while they consider them. And of course Ray is right, that this case is a big deal, since no appellate court has dealt with the RIAA's basic legal strategy in these cases, and now they will be able to take a close look at all of it.
The next step is filing briefs saying why I think the District Court judge was wrong, and the plaintiffs filing one saying why he was right. The appeal will be argued sometime in August, I think, and Ray will certainly post everything on his blog as it happens. I hope people can make it to the beautiful courtroom when it happens.
And thanks to Ray for keeping these issues alive. I just sort of quietly litigate them in the courthouse, and don't really like to blow my own horn...
Richard A. Altman