Internet service providers that tip authorities to images of child pornography they intercept are not agents of the government and thus are not obligated to obtain a search warrant, a New York state judge has ruled.

Jason Eames was indicted on 10 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child after America Online forwarded e-mails, attached video clips and subscriber information to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which, in turn, notified law enforcement authorities.

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