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The above can be found HERE.How to Tell if the RIAA Wants You
Wired News Report
02:00 AM Jul. 26, 2003 PT
File sharers can check a new online database to see if they are wanted by the recording industry.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a site where users can plug in their file-sharing user names. That name is checked against the list of those subpoenas filed in the Washington, D.C., district court.
The group, which is gleaning its information from the publicly available Pacer database, said it will be an important resource for those who are concerned that the recording industry might be seeking their identities.
"The recording industry continues its futile crusade to sue thousands of the over 60 million people who use file-sharing software in the U.S.," Fred Von Lohmann, senior attorney with the EFF, said in a statement. "We hope that the EFF's subpoena database will give people some peace of mind and the information they need to challenge the subpoenas and protect their privacy."
The EFF said the database includes 125 subpoenas issued through July 8. The group will update the tool as the records become available.
If a user name is located in the database, this does not confirm that the Recording Industry Association of America has issued a subpoena against that person, since user names on file-sharing sites are sometimes shared by multiple individuals.
But if a person's user name is in the database, the EFF site provides a link to a PDF file of the actual subpoena, which includes the name of the ISP, a list of representative songs pirated and the IP address of the user.
For those who have been subpoenaed by the RIAA, a list of attorneys and other legal resources are available at the Subpoena Defense Alliance website, a joint effort between the EFF and the U.S. Internet Industry Association. .
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Internet service providers are required to hand over the names of their subscribers if a copyright owner believes their copyright has been infringed.
The RIAA subpoenaed Verizon for the names of two of its subscribers last year. Verizon refused to comply and challenged the music trade group in court. In May, a Washington, D.C., district court ruled that Verizon must turn over the names of two of its subscribers suspected of illegally sharing copyright files. Verizon is appealing the decision.
In the meantime, the recording industry announced it would aggressively pursue lawsuits against file traders who offer a substantial amount of music files to others on peer-to-peer networks.
The music trade group has sent out 871 subpoenas so far, according to the Associated Press. Officials from the RIAA said they would begin filing lawsuitsagainst alleged file traders at the end of August.