The Recording Industry Association of America may have won a major victory in their "War On File Sharing" yesterday when a federal judge ordered an Internet service provider to reveal the identity of a suspected Internet pirate. According to MTV, Verizon Communications must now disclose the specific IP address of a Kazaa user who illegally shared over 600 music files in one day. There is a possibility that this case may be used to set a legal president which would allow the RIAA to gain access to such information without having to go to court.
After the court's decision yesterday, RIAA president Cary Sherman said, "Now that the court has ordered Verizon to live up to its obligation under the law, we look forward to [contacting] the account holder whose identity we were seeking so we can let them know that what they are doing is illegal." Sherman continued, "And then we'll break his arms, poke out his eyes, and do that thing with the sledge hammer and the wooden block from Misery."
The ruling will now allow the RIAA to take a firm stand against Internet Service Providers such as Verizon and hold them more accountable for illegal file sharing done by their individual users.
Yesterday's decision stems from an RIAA subpoena brought against Verizon on July 24; one with which Verizon refused to comply. The media giant disagreed with the RIAA's interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and would therefore not provide the RIAA with the IP address in question.
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