Hatfield had no duty to AF Holdings to secure his Internet connection in order to protect AF Holdings’ materials from infringement.
There are still many open cases in the federal courts where copyright owners are trying to use this bogus legal theory. People caught up in these cases should be able to use the Hatfield and Tabora (New York) rulings to get these suits dismissed quickly, without high legal fees. They may even be able to get their legal fees paid by the plaintiff, as 'copyright negligence' claims move ever closer to being declared a frivolous and harassing misuse of the legal system. If you've been targeted by a copyright troll, visit this page for resources.
Source: MSNBC 9/14/2012