Record Labels Can Seek Downloader Identities: 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (May 3, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has decided that record labels have the right to demand that Internet service providers hand over the identities of individuals illegally downloading copyrighted music, ruling that the First Amendment does not protect such individuals.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday found that a group of record labels' right to enforce their copyrights superseded an Internet user's right to remain anonymous.

The anonymous defendant Doe 3 argued on appeal that the allegations in the...
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