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Verizon ends internet service to copy-right infringers & Obama admin supports 675K in fees to RIAA

Verizon Terminating Copyright Infringers’ Internet Access
•By David Kravets
•January 20, 2010 |
•3:33 pm |
•Categories: Digital Millennium Copyright Act, RIAA Litigation, intellectual property

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Verizon is terminating internet service to an unknown number of repeat copyright scofflaws, a year after suggesting it was not adopting a so-called graduated-response policy.

While it was not immediately clear whether other internet service providers were following suit, the move comes as the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America are lobbying ISPs and Congress to support terminating internet access for repeat, online copyright offenders.
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Obama Supports $675K File Sharing Verdict
•By David Kravets
•January 20, 2010 |
•1:22 pm |
•Categories: RIAA Litigation, intellectual property

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The Obama administration is backing $675,000 in damages a Massachusetts student must pay the Recording Industry Association of America for file sharing 30 songs.

The Justice Department, where President Barack Obama has tapped five former RIAA lawyers to serve, said copyright infringement “creates a public harm that Congress determined must be deterred.”

The administration’s court filing Tuesday is the latest in the case of Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student who was the nation’s second defendant to go to trial against the RIAA on file sharing charges. Most of the 30,000 civil cases the music industry has brought have settled out of court.
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Tags: crime, internet/net neutrality/piracy, law
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