There’s a lot going on in the news right now, but this story has a happy ending:
The owner of an adult foster care home who operated an open WiFi network has booked a big win against a copyright troll. Thomas Gonzales was accused of downloading the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler but won $17k last year after being wrongfully targeted. The case went to appeal and in a ruling handed down yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gonzales emerged victorious again.
Hopefully more courts will recognize that an IP address along is not enough to identify someone as committing unlawful behavior. This ruling makes sense. If my neighbor secretly connects to my wifi network and downloads something illegally, why should I be held responsible?