Nate Anderson writes:
A few weeks ago, a man headed home from work and found that his wife had already opened a letter from their ISP, Comcast. The letter said that the man’s IP address had been fingered by Mick Haig Productions, a German film producer suing 670 people in a Dallas federal court.
But it wasn’t the protestation of innocence that caught Levy’s attention; it was the very fact that subpoenas in the case had already been mailed to Internet providers. The judge in the Mick Haig case had not yet allowed expedited discovery to proceed, Levy says, and had therefore never signed off on subpoenas. Yet Mick Haig’s lawyer, the Denton, Texas-based Evan Stone, appeared to have sent them out anyway.
Read what happened next on Ars Technica. The story shows the importance of having some heavy-hitting rights defenders like EFF and Public Citizen on your side if you get hit with any piracy claims.