Music pirates who downloaded an album by Lacuna Coil may have a lucky escape after subpoenas from the label Century Media were rejected in court.
We previously reported on how 7,500 people who downloaded music by Lacuna Coil and Iced Earth were being targeted by the label and could have their identities revealed so they could face prosecution.
Now a New Jersey judge has rejected nearly 1,000 subpoenas relating to the Lacuna Coil album "Dark Adrenaline" because the case "improperly joins mass defendants together," according to Blabbermouth.
However, the judge admitted one subpoena for the John Doe who appears to be the original source of the torrent upload.
With 6,500 more people supposedly targeted by the lawsuit, anything could happen yet.
"It's tough," said Rebecca Jeschke, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation at the time the lawsuit was filed. "If you get one of these letters you've been put in a difficult and unfair spot. In many of these situations the goal doesn't seem to be to fight infringement; it seems to be to get settlements. That's where the money-making is."
In this case it seems the judge is nudging the label towards targeting the initial distributors rather than making thousands from each individual downloader. Considering that several UG readers could still be affected by the lawsuit, we'll keep you updated on its progress.