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Twelve Rights Group Join Verizon Against RIAA
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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2002-09-05
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Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - September 3, 2002

Consumer and privacy rights groups have entered into high-gear to assist Verizon which is fighting attempts by the RIAA to gain client information of suspected file sharers. The groups going to court on behalf of Verizon include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the National Consumers League, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Media Action Project, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, The Grange, Alliance for Public Technology, Consumer Alert, Media Access Project, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacyactivism, Public Knowledge and Utility Consumers' Action Network.

"The right to anonymous speech is as old as this nation," noted Megan Gray, who wrote the brief on behalf of the groups. "The authors of the Federalist Papers relied on anonymity and a growing body of law recognizes that anonymous Internet speakers deserve the same anonymity protections as those who use pen and ink."

Whether it is the Anti-P2P bill, attempts to force the major ISPs to block suspected pirate sites or this latest action, it is clear that the recording industry is ready to go well beyond prior actions meant to limit piracy, thanks to the Net. While the Net has provided listeners with a means to freely access recorded works, that same technology has also rendered them more vulnerable to monitoring and interdiction by copyright owners, right up to their homes & PCs. Would anyone have imagined a knock on the door to check that your cassette collection met the industry's definition of fair use fifteen years ago?

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