January 21, 2003
Filed under Digital Copyright
In an important case for Internet privacy and copyright protection online, a federal judge on January 21 ordered Verizon Communications to reveal the identity of a subscriber alleged to be sharing copyrighted songs over the Internet. The order stemmed from a request by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). RIAA argued that the DMCA allows copyright holders to obtain the identity of an ISP's subscribers believed to infringe their copyright, without filing a lawsuit. Verizon had opposed the RIAA request, claiming that it would diminish subscriber privacy without appropriate due process. Verizon is expected to appeal the decision.