RIAA Smacked in Court

By Deane Barker on December 19, 2003

U.S. court nixes Net music subpoenas: The court nullified all of the RIAA’s subpeonas and told them to find another way of identifying downloaders rather than force the ISPs to give them up.

The Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group, has sought to force Verizon Communications and other Internet service providers to reveal the names of customers it suspects may be copying music without permission. […]

Verizon has argued that existing copyright law does not give the recording industry such authority and its customers’ privacy was being violated.