The subtitle of this newspost is taken out of context. Sony doesn't want the IP addresses so that they can ban anyone who watched his videos or frequented his sites. The want them so that they can determine "how rampant the access to and use of these circumvention devices has been in California in order to rebut Mr. Hotz's suggestion that his illicit conduct was not aimed at the forum state." http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/05/geohot_visitors_unmasked/ It appears they are trying to make this a federal case as opposed to one soley based in New Jersey (where hotz lives). to do this they need to show how far reaching hotz info goes.