September 17, 2002
Will They be at Your Door Next?

This is old news (sorry), but new to me: On August 26th, the SF Chron reported that the RIAA wants YOU (yes, you) to face criminal and civil charges for file swapping.

Well, not you exactly... yet. The Recording Industry Association of America has singled out a "very egregious" KaZaa user who it claims is sharing 666 files. (Egregious? That's positively satanic!) In an interesting twist, Verizon Communications is fighting the subpoena to divulge the offender's identity in the name of customer privacy rights. The song files in question are stored on the customer's hard drive, not on Verizon's network. Therefore, they argue, it stretches the DMCA beyond its true scope.

Posted by Maggie Law at 01:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)