FROM THE ARCHIVE

ISP ordered to disclose identity of customer

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered an Internet service provider to disclose the identity of a user who allegedly violated copyright law by sharing files.

In a 37-page opinion, U.S. Judge John D. Bates said Verizon is not shielded under a federal law that is designed to protect digital works. He sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which monitors Internet users who trade music and other files.

Verizon has been refusing to give up the name of its customer and plans to appeal the ruling.

Get the Story:
Recording Firms Win Copyright Ruling (The Washington Post 1/22)
Verizon Ordered to Give Identity of Net Subscriber (The New York Times 1/22)
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Get the Decision:
Recording Industry of America v. Verizon Internet Services (January 21, 2003)

Relevant Links:
Verizon - http://www.verizon.com
Recording Industry Association of America - http://www.riaa.org