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US government supports RIAA against Verizon

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2003 14:38 User comments (5)

US government supports RIAA against Verizon American government delivered a blow to Verizon, one of the largest ISPs in the U.S., as it tries to fight against the RIAA in a court fight that began in last September.
U.S. Department of Justice said that the controversial DMCA law that RIAA is using to get Verizon to reveal one of its customer's identity, doesn't violate free speech rights of individuals, because it targets only at people who have committed copyright violations or are suspected of doing so.

RIAA wants Verizon to reveal the customer's name, because RIAA claims that the user has distributed illegal music over the P2P networks by using Verizon as an ISP. Verizon lost its case in January in district court, but is currently appealing the decision.

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5 user comments

121.4.2003 18:16

Ah come on now, I though americans were protected by some kind of internet privacy act?? Sure never mind the fact for a moment that he had traded copyrighted music, how did the RIAA find it our in the first place?? It's obvious they were monitoring what he was doing, so doesnt that interfere with his privacy rights on the internet? Also, do you like thinking that the RIAA are monitoring what you are doing or paying somebody to monitor you?? It's they should be charged, not this individual or verizon

222.4.2003 5:32

the 5th ammendment, and maybe the intrapment laws if its found that they were monitoring the trades or if you (the one in question) downloaded from them... yes good question were they monitoring and how...... who knows but sure enough that there will either be new p2p software that has been d-spywared or some shareware thing that has no name attached to who wrote it that doesn't keep ip address... remmber if it's free theres always a catch.....

322.4.2003 5:45

oh yeah wait a minute....... the deal was cut with the goverment so they wouldn't have to pay a fine think of all the diffrent agency's that 1 person could have downloaded anything..... probly reruns of "Thats my Bush" and all the things Clinton was in to... Then you have the church and all there priest(who like their little altar boys).I can see deals being made by all sorts of people and companies. you know our goverment gets on its high horse but where was their intresed when Elron or World Com took us for a ride..... or how about 10 uears ago when the recording industry set a bogus price on CDs and DVDs in the first place ... if they lowwered the cost downloading would slow down who would waste their time if its not cost effective to bootleg?

421.11.2003 1:44

Well, first of all, they should look at the downloading of files from p2p as a potential crime scene infringing by mass users on copyright laws. I'm sure there is (or should be) a privacy law or bill that we have on the internet, so how can the RIAA be allowed to get information about us by legal procedures to incriminate us without some sort of proof that we did something wrong? its like their overstepping a procedure in the legal system. You shouldn't step on one law, just to enforce another.


-Warren

521.11.2003 4:07

The last comment you made was right, however your forgetting the fact that if someone is serving a file on p2p, and the RIAA download it and get his/her IP, too bad because he was serving the file, literally left the computer open to get it, thats like suing afterdawn.com if i had copyirhgt on one of the images on the site and they displayed it, they couldnt claim they are protected by the privacy act!

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