A great mystery:
RIAA has discontinued its case against John Doe #8 in Atlantic v. Does 1-25.
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal (Published at Internet Law & Regulation)
That is the case in Manhattan federal court before Judge Swain, in which defendant John Doe #8 had moved to vacate the court's ex parte discovery order, affidavits of programmer Zi Mei were presented challenging the Jonathan Whitehead declarations, and Mr. Whitehead later corrected an "error" in his submissions.
We don't know why this discontinuance has occurred.
Usually RIAA does that only when the name and address information has been turned over. But for that to have occurred here, it would probably mean that the ISP and the RIAA would have been violating a court-ordered stay.
Possibly they discontinued because they felt they would lose the motion and did not want to set a bad precedent.
We will keep you posted if we get any additional information.
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