Woman sues ISP for passing her details to RIAA

By Derek Sooman on April 19, 2005, 11:24 AM
Dawnell Leadbetter from Seattle was none too pleased when her ISP allegedly contacted the RIAA about her sharing on music online. So irate is Leadbetter about the action she claims her ISP took, she is suing them. She claims that her ISP (Comcast) was not authorised to hand over her details to snoops from the RIAA, who have been looking around (as usual) for people's lives to ruin.

Leadbetter's lawyer says Comcast had no court authorisation to dish the dirt on her to a third party. "Comcast should respect the rights of privacy who pay them monthly bills," lawyer Lory Lybeck asserted.

Comcast is keeping schtumm on the move, while it seeks legal counsel.

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lanmark said:
I think everyone that is a Comcast member should change ISPs. It is not right that Comcast provided member information so easily to the RIAA.The RIAA is not a state or federal agency however goes around acting like one. They are a company looking out for the interests of big music labels and I don't like the idea that Comcast will just give out your private member information to other companies without a court order.Sure Dawnell might have been doing something illegal but RIAA should go through the same channels that even the Police have to go through which is a court order, etc.2 Cents,-Mark
Xempler said:
Good move Comcast. If it's not slowing down P2P traffic (ie bandwidth management) you're giving out people's personal information like it's nothing.I don't know who runs Comcast, but they need to step off the short bus and really think about their questionable business pratices.
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