Feeds

Verizon loses RIAA piracy case

Makes one last attempt for privacy

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Verizon has vowed to continue its fight to refuse to reveal the identity of one of its punters accused of pirating music, claming the matter could have a "chilling effect" on Internet users.

Its continued stand for online privacy comes as a US judge upheld an earlier decision forcing Verizon to hand over the information. Verizon has 14 days to surrender the data although it is embarking on a last-ditch appeal to try and get the decision blocked.

The case stems from lawsuit filed last summer by the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA). The RIAA demanded that Verizon Online hand over the name of a customer it alleged held illegal copies of copyrighted music files.

Verizon refused to comply. In January, a court ruled that it had to hand over the information to the RIAA. Verizon appealed against that decision although this was rejected yesterday.

In a statement, John Thorne, senior VP and deputy general counsel for Verizon, said: "Today's ruling goes far beyond the interests of large copyright monopolists - such as the RIAA - in enforcing its copyrights.

"This decision exposes anyone who uses the Internet to potential predators, scam artists and crooks, including identity thieves and stalkers.

"Verizon feels very strongly that the privacy, safety and due process rights of hundreds of thousands - or perhaps millions - of Internet subscribers hang in the balance of the court's decision," he said.

Welcoming the decision, Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA said: "If users of pirate peer-to-peer sites don't want to be identified, they should not break the law by illegally distributing music. Today's decision makes clear that these individuals cannot rely on their ISPs to shield them from accountability." ®

Related Stories

Music pigopolists aim snouts at finance capital
DoJ supports RIAA in Verizon P2P privacy scuffle
Verizon to appeal in music download ID case

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.