ISP Verizon must reveal identities of four alleged music pirates

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Thanks to kamikazee we can inform you that ISP Verizon Communications must reveal the identities of four alleged music pirates. The ISP lost a legal battle against the RIAA, in…

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ISPs must act now to get legistation to protect consumer rights or rewrite their contractual obligations regarding privacy…one could see an immediate 20% drop in custom and a real increase in encryption if people couldn"t consider their online activities “safe”. As I’ve stated before decisions like these should be fought in an international court. We have all read that the interest of law enforcement officers can be bought by self interest groups, why not judges…judgements like this will only bring about an increase in piracy as a “stick it in yer arse” message and more cyberattacks on associated corporations…American lawmakers and proponents have got to realise america has not conquered the globe…yet ??..:X
[edited by Sherrif on 06.06.2003 06:29]

NOTE: Sarcasim ahead. “We here at the RIAA are having a problem with P2P piracy, and there’s nothing we can do about it, except watch the files go down the wire. We feel that if we go after peer to peer priates we will drive them farther underground motivating some users to build encrypted P2P programs that go through proxies to hide IP address. Now this won’t stop piracy mind you, but it will leave us totally cluesles as to who’s trading, and what they’re trading.” Of course when MS releases it’s “secure” operating system which by the way has changed names from palladium to next-generation secure computing base and lobbies to get laws passed that only those types of computers can be used, and only those computer can connect to the Internet maybe it will be a different story. Oh has anyone mention that MS is lobbying right now to get laws passed for that?

Don’t be silly, the RIAA has no idea what proxies are. When they find out, they’ll probably try to pass a law making them illegal!

Is this in violation of the Fourth Amendment? What do we know about the four Verizon customers involved? One has made a statement that he has removed the file-sharing software from his computer.