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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Judge orders TorrentSpy to surrender its RAM (yes you read that right)

It is said that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If so, then this judge's comprehension of technology is downright lethal.

In federal court in Los Angeles last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian, who is presiding over a lawsuit filed by the Motion Picture Association of America against TorrentSpy, ruled that TorrentSpy must turn over to prosecutors the RAM in its server.

This is not a joke. The judge has declared that the information in the RAM is evidence and that it has to be handed over. She has told TorrentSpy to unplug the RAM and give it to the prosecution.

Will she subsequently charge TorrentSpy with destroying evidence when it's determined that there isn't any data on the chips?

That has got to be the dumbest ruling that I have ever seen a judge make, or one of the dumbest anyway.