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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

RIAA wins one on Verizon
Internet service provider Verizon must cough up information on one user, accused of being a Kazaa-happy copyright pirate by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Verizon and allies defended the company from the legal challenge, arguing that the controversial Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) shielded it and its users' privacies. The recording industry, firing a subpoena, demanded that the ISP reveal the pirate's information, urging that the law didn't protect brazen theft. As judge Bates wrote:

"Under Verizon's reading of the act, a significant amount of potential copyright infringement would be shielded from the subpoena authority of the DMCA," Bates wrote. "That would, in effect, give Internet copyright infringers shelter from the long arm of the DMCA subpoena power, and allow infringement to flourish."

As a result, ISPs could become involuntary allies in IP-owners' quest for copypirates.

This decision comes during a wave of IP owner victories, from the Supreme Court's upholding of copyright term extensions to a ruling allowing Australian and South Pacific islands-based Kazaa to be sued in American courts.

(via Politech)
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