Mrs. TeePot

On Friday, judges at the Regional Court of Cologne (PDF, German) have taken the unusual step of revoking (Google Translate) at least 50 of their own court orders in a strange intellectual property dispute.
Those orders, issued over the course of the last few months, had compelled Deutsche Telekom (a major German ISP) to handover user names and addresses corresponding to over 50,000 German IP addresses that were accused violating the copyright of a handful of p**n films. Each order was approved by a three-judge panel, which unanimously had to agree to send the order to Deutsche Telekom.
Those names and addresses were then used to send letters to tens of thousands of Germans, accusing them of copyright infringement of one of four p**n films.

The letters went on to order them to stop viewing the films on the streaming site Redtube.com (NSFW), and pay €250 ($345) to a shady Swiss company called The Archive. That money, the letter stated, would put a stop to future litigation.
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