So, you can see the IP address of the person who posted information about you on the internet, infringed your copyright, used your trademark without permission, or posted internet libel about you on a website, social media site, or blog. Now what do you do? Identifying an account holder through an IP address is certainly possible. An internet law attorney will understand how to go about matching an IP address to a real person. There is good news and bad news for clients.
The bad news is that more often than not you have to file a law suit in order to get suppoena power. You need to send the subpoena to the ISP identifyng the IP address and the exact date and time at which the relevant internet activity occurred. They can then tell you who the account holder is for that IP address. There are two types of IP addresses. First, there are static IP addresses, which are assigned to a single account holder and don't change. Seconds,there are dynamic IP addresses which the ISP will rotate amongst various customers depending on who wants a connection. As long as you have a date and time for a dynamic IP address, the ISP can tell you who was using that address at any particular time.
Filing a law suit can be an expensive endeavor with attorney's fees ranging between five and twenty thousand dollars typically to get through the subpoena process. There are a lot of variables which affect the overall attorney fee, even when your primary goal is to locate or identify a particular person related to an IP address.
Keep in mind that you also may have to identify not only the account holder but the person who was using the account at the particular time. If the account is a business account, then anyone working at that business could have been using the internet at that time. There is subpoena data by which you can identify which computer generated a particular internet transaction that may or may not require another subpoena.
The good news is that sometimes IP addresses can be linked to people in other ways. An internet attorney who understands the back end of the internet will be able to do their own research and potentially identify the person without having to send the subpoena. If the IP address is a static IP there are databases will sometimes list the account holder specifically.
Contact an internet lawyer for more information about how to sub poena an internet service provider for IP address account holder information.
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