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Submission + - Judge Rules Server RAM is Subject to Discovery (law.com)

SomePoorSchmuck writes: If you thought the torrent/P2P model of only providing indexing and not maintaining user data in nonvolatile memory kept your downloading activity relatively anonymous, think again. In a dogfight between popular site TorrentSpy and the MPAA, a federal judge has for the first time ruled that server RAM is subject to discovery by MPAA lawyers. The MPAA seeks records of TorrentSpy's server RAM to track the site's file transfer activity. TorrentSpy's attorney Ira Rothken explains that now "any company currently being sued — even before any liability has been found — could end up having to collect and turn over RAM data at great cost." Given its past strong-arm tactics, one can't help but wonder if obtaining RAM data is the MPAA's real goal, or simply increasing the power of the lawsuit as an administrative nightmare for the defendant.

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