RIAA given green light to identify some file-sharers

By Thomas McGuire on August 3, 2004, 10:46 AM
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has successfully challenged the court ruling that gave anonymity to individuals it has filed suit against over peer-to-peer file sharing.

ISPs will now have to match IP addresses to people, after US District Judge Denny Chin of Manhattan ruled that Cablevision & other ISPs must hand over details of alleged file swappers to the RIAA so that it can subpoena them.

Judge Chin explained that the First Amendment does not guarantee anonymity. His ruling only applies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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