Friday, December 19, 2003

I'm Baaaa-aack: End seclusion, and a happy p2p development

I've decided to come out of self-imposed blogging seclusion today, in part because the semester's about as over as it can be for the moment, and in part because I had to share the joyous news: The U.S. Court of Appeals released a decision today that reversed the earlier District Court decision which forced ISPs to divulge information about suspected file-sharers. InternetNews has a good article about the decision, and ZDNet offers a FAQ for filesharers, as well as a link to the decision itself (pdf). Relevant snippet of the decision: "We conclude from both the terms of § 512(h) and the overall structure of § 512 that, as Verizon contends, a subpoena may be issued only to an ISP engaged in storing on its servers material that is infringing or the subject of infringing activity."

This is good news for many people, including filesharers, those concerned with copyriight/IP issues, and folks worried about privacy. All in all, I'd say the Court of Appeals has handed down a reasonable decision, and one which might be seen as a great holiday gift to many - the content industry excluded, of course!

Excuse me, I have to go do the happy-dance, then get back to work.

- posted by laurie @ 12/19/2003 02:18:00 PM
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