We have just learned that the RIAA made an ex parte application to a district court in Denver, Colorado -- where the RIAA's lawyers are located -- asking the Judge to rule that no court order is needed in order for an ISP to turn over confidential subscriber information to the RIAA.
An ex parte application is an application made where no other parties are given notice that the application is being made.
The magistrate judge declined to rule on that issue, but issued the ex parte order the RIAA was asking for.
The name of the case is Arista v. Does 1-9, Civil Action No. 07-cv-00628-EWN-MEH, District Court of Colorado.
Order dated April 4, 2007*
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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