EFF Backs Verizon's Refusal to ID Customer
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is among 44 other organizations and ISPs which have pitted themselves against the RIAA in its bid to use the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to force Verizon to name a customer said to have used KaZaa to share music.
"Just this week the RIAA admitted that it issued over a dozen bad cease-and-desist letters, including one to Penn State claiming that a website with an astrophysicists' MP3 and a physics professor named Usher offered a copyrighted work by the rhythm and blues artist," said EFF attorney Wendy Seltzer.
"Applying the DMCA subpoena provision with similar errors would have violated the privacy of Internet speakers, inappropriately disclosing to the RIAA the identities of at least a dozen individuals who had done nothing wrong."
Eighteen ISPs and ISP organizations and 27 consumer groups, including the ACLU, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Consumers Union, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, have now joined the EFF in filing a friend-of-the-court brief.
"If the court upholds the DMCA subpoena provision, it will create a new, easy way to silence controversial speakers online," said EFF legal director Cindy Cohn.
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