Appeals Court Rejects RIAA Subpoena Strategy

Law360, New York (December 19, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a severe setback for the recording industry, a federal appeals court on Friday rejected a strategy used by the industry to force internet service providers to turn over the identities of users suspected of pirating copyrighted music files.

The decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a trial judge's decision to enforce a subpoena based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The court said the 1998 DMCA did not give copyright holders, represented by the...
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