WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recording companies won a victory in their fight against online piracy on Tuesday when a U.S. court ordered Verizon Communications to turn over the name of a customer suspected of downloading more than 600 songs in one day over the Internet.
U.S. District Judge John Bates said Verizon must cooperate with recording industry efforts to track down online song swappers, rejecting the telecommunications giant's assertion that such a move would violate customer privacy and turn it into an online copyright cop.
Well, first of all, congrats to that guy for having such fat bandwidth! My eyes almost popped out of my head when I read that figure. It takes me... er, I mean, it WOULD take me about 25 minutes just to download one song, IF I were into that sort of thing. I'm on dial-up, ya know. *wink*
Seriously though, either way you look at it, this sets a pretty clear precedent for heavy MP3 downloaders.
Theoretical question: I know this is highly unlikely, but what if every single one of those songs was among those not considered copyrighted by the artist (but the record company doesn't approve of), i.e., live bootlegs, unreleased demos, etc.? Of course, I'm sure that isn't the case, but it just makes you think, what if I get nabbed for something the label thinks is bad, but the performer is OK with?
Oh yes, and props to Verizon for sticking up for private citizens. Not a free pass to jack up rates; just giving credit where it's due. posted by Steve
1/21/2003 11:19:00 PM
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