The problem was no one could risk financially the possible fines to prove what Verizon just did. Even if they won the privacy issue, they would then suffer the full force of the fines that the RIAA probably could get. The RIAA knew it and was having a ball. Even though it was MP3’s that were being shared. At least the US legal system was able to determine finally that the RIAA interpetation of the DMCA was erroneous, as we all have been saying for months. To me this has always been a violation of privacy issue. In addition, I feel it is not acceptable to say that those already subpoened are out of luck. IMHO those folks cases should be thrown out of court as the information was not obtained properly. The RIAA was a horrific example of what happens when the unqualified or greedy are given too much power. Now the problem is people are being punished as though they are running a cd factory, publishing exact copies of artists content at a profit. For Cary Sherman to sit there and sue people that upload an MP3 for 150,000 a copy is just as twisted an interpetation as when they forced the ISP to give up it’s customers identity. Don’t kid yourself, the next bunch to face the legal system will be sued to the fullest extent of the existing law, as this will be the new strategy. Also, don’t kid yourself if you think that it is only going to happen in the US, money makes the world go round my friends. Our only hope is the US will set an appropriate example for the rest of the world. So, let’s hope that another organization will fight for consumers just as Verizon did and finally put an end to Cary Sherman and the RIAA inquisition. Hooray for Verizon!!! The Internet RuleZ!
[edited by Crabbyappleton on 21.12.2003 18:00]