I'm testing couchDb for use in my java app and I can't seem to read document attachments using plain old Java http.

I have a good understanding of couch and for this test I've setup a new dbase with a single doc having a single image attached. I can get the image from couch using a browser and using curl, both without authentication, so I know that my uri is correct and I know there is no security on the dbase.

However.. When I try to read the image using java i get a permission denied exception at the socket level and the Erlang console (ya its windoze) doesn't log anything at all. Yet this code *will* pull an image from another website. 

Is there some additional header that I need to setup on my connection before connecting?

Here's the relevant portion of my code and the resulting stacktrace..

  // this fails
  try {
          URL u = new URL("");
          HttpURLConnection conn = (HttpURLConnection)u.openConnection();
          image1 = ImageIO.read(conn.getInputStream());           
    } catch (IOException e) {

    // and this fails
    try {            
        URL url2 = new URL("");
        image2 = ImageIO.read(url2);
    } catch (IOException e) {
    // but this works
    try {            
        URL url2 = new URL("http://java.com/images/jv0h.jpg");
        image3 = ImageIO.read(url2);
    } catch (IOException e) {

javax.imageio.IIOException: Can't get input stream from URL!
    at javax.imageio.ImageIO.read(ImageIO.java:1395)
    at test1.ShowImage.<init>(ShowImage.java:25)
    at test1.ShowImage.main(ShowImage.java:40)
Caused by: java.net.SocketException: Permission denied: connect
    at java.net.DualStackPlainSocketImpl.connect0(Native Method)
    at java.net.DualStackPlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(DualStackPlainSocketImpl.java:69)
    at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.doConnect(AbstractPlainSocketImpl.java:337)
    at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress(AbstractPlainSocketImpl.java:198)
    at java.net.AbstractPlainSocketImpl.connect(AbstractPlainSocketImpl.java:180)
    at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.java:157)
    at java.net.SocksSocketImpl.connect(SocksSocketImpl.java:391)
    at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:579)
    at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:528)
    at sun.net.NetworkClient.doConnect(NetworkClient.java:180)
    at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:388)
    at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.openServer(HttpClient.java:483)
    at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.<init>(HttpClient.java:213)
    at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.New(HttpClient.java:300)
    at sun.net.www.http.HttpClient.New(HttpClient.java:316)
    at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getNewHttpClient(HttpURLConnection.java:992)
    at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.plainConnect(HttpURLConnection.java:928)
    at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.connect(HttpURLConnection.java:846)
    at sun.net.www.protocol.http.HttpURLConnection.getInputStream(HttpURLConnection.java:1296)
    at java.net.URL.openStream(URL.java:1035)
    at javax.imageio.ImageIO.read(ImageIO.java:1393)
    ... 2 more