Appeals Court Affirms Ruling Against Music Industry Over DMCA Subpoenas

Law360, New York (January 5, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A second U.S. appeals court has ruled that the recording industry can’t use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to compel internet service providers to divulge the identities of users who illegally download copyrighted music files.

In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis ruled that cable company Charter Communications Inc. wasn't responsible for the alleged piracy by 93 of its customers and should not have been compelled to identify them under the DMCA.

The court said Charter's...
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