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Thread: In File-Sharing Witchhunts, RIAA Is Foiled Again

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    From EFF...
    * In File-Sharing Witchhunts, RIAA Is Foiled Again

    Washington, DC - The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a
    request by the Recording Industry Association of America
    (RIAA) to hear its appeal of a lower court decision that
    under some circumstances Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
    do not have to hand over the names of people suspected
    of copyright infringement.

    The case grows out of an incident in which the RIAA used
    a controversial subpoena provision under the 1998 Digital
    Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to demand that Verizon
    Internet Services reveal the identity of a Verizon subscriber
    who allegedly used KaZaA peer-to-peer software to share
    copyrighted music online. Verizon refused to divulge the
    subscriber's identity, claiming that the provision didn't
    cover alleged copyright-infringing material that resides
    on an individual's computer, only material that resides
    on an ISP's server.

    After the District Court rejected Verizon's interpretation
    of the DMCA subpoena provision, Verizon appealed. EFF led
    a coalition of public interest groups and ISPs that filed
    friend-of-the court briefs in support of Verizon, arguing
    that the RIAA's subpoenas failed to respect the privacy
    and First Amendment rights of Internet users. The DC
    Circuit Court agreed, finding that the subpoenas were not
    authorized by the DMCA. It granted Verizon's request to
    quash a second subpoena it had received in the meantime
    and said that the ISP would not have to hand over
    information requested in the first.

    But the RIAA didn't give up. First, it requested a rehearing
    in the DC Circuit court and was denied. Finally, it
    appealed to the Supreme Court.

    "The Supreme Court's refusal to take the case leaves the
    DC Circuit's well-reasoned opinion as law: The DMCA doesn't
    give the RIAA a blank fishing license to issue subpoenas
    and invade Internet users' privacy," said EFF Staff
    Attorney Wendy Seltzer.

    For this release:

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  3. File Sharing   -   #2
    Hairbautt's Avatar *haircut
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    So in a nutshell, this is good news right?
    Last edited by Alien5; Jun 6th, 2006 at
    06:36 PM..

  4. File Sharing   -   #3
    abu_has_the_power's Avatar I have cool stars
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    oh! eat that u riaa fuckers!

  5. File Sharing   -   #4
    lee551's Avatar no soup for you! BT Rep: +5
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    score one for us.

  6. File Sharing   -   #5
    hell yeah

  7. File Sharing   -   #6
    Eff Is Da Best!!! :d


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