In a federal Central District of California case recently, a magistrate judge ruled that the defendants, the TorrentSpy Web site operators, had to produce to plaintiffs information that would temporarily appear in the future in the defendants’ Web servers’ RAM (“random-access memory”), even though that information was never saved to a hard drive or other non-volatile form of memory (Columbia Pictures v. Bunnell, 2007 WL 2080419).

Specifically, the information required to be produced in the future includes a list of the files that users requested from the TorrentSpy Web site. That information could have been recorded on a hard drive of the server, if the server-log function had been activated.

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